Blaise Bourgeois

Atlético Madrid CEO claims referees are biased toward Juventus

Atlético Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín went on the attack on Friday, claiming officiating decisions always go Juve’s way.

Atlético sent shockwaves through the football universe with a 2-0 win over Juve in their Champions League round-of-16 first-leg clash on Wednesday.

However, the 56-year-old stated they had to beat both the Italian champions and the officials in order to get a great result.

With the score at 0-0, Álvaro Morata appeared to give the home side the lead – only for the goal to be overturned after a questionable VAR decision.

“To beat powerful clubs like Real Madrid or Juventus, it is not enough to be better than them; we need to be much, much better because all the dubious decisions are in their favour,” the Atlético CEO claimed.

“I am a strong defender of VAR, of the honesty and good faith of the referees, but certainly we have not had any luck lately with the interpretations of it.

“The goal cancelled of Morata for an alleged foul on Chiellini? I asked that there is bravery when interpreting the actions inside the penalty area, but it should always be done or never.

“It is not right that it is done only sometimes depending on the greatness of the club.

“On our canceled goal, it is clear how the experience of the Italian defender has deceived the referees.

“The contact with Morata is not so much to make it fly three meters away, an experienced VAR referee must know how to interpret these.

“I spoke to Morata, who has not committed any foul, but we have to respect the decisions of the referees.”

The return leg will take place in Turin on 12 March.