VAR Conspiracies Continue as Fans Point Out 'Double Standards' Over Benzema and Messi's Handball

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema celebrates after Real Madrid’s second in the win over Real Sociedad | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

As football in Spain returned last week, Real Madrid returned to the top of the table with a win over Real Sociedad as Barcelona were held to an excruciating 0-0 draw at Sevilla.

"It will be difficult to win this league. We will do everything we can. But from what I've seen in recent weeks, it would be a surprise if Real Madrid drop points."

Those were the words of Gerard Pique following Barcelona's draw on Friday as the Blaugrana opened the door for Madrid to climb above them to the summit of LaLiga.

And it felt as though the former Spain defender was pointing a finger squarely at LaLiga officials after Real Madrid were the beneficiaries of some debatable refereeing calls in their first two matches back following the resumption.

And while Zinedine Zidane brushed aside these 'suggestions', fans on social media believe otherwise.

In the game over the weekend, Sociedad defenders appealed for handball after Karim Benzema controlled and supplied the finish but VAR allowed the goal to stand.

Los Blancos had a couple of other calls go their way after having a soft penalty awarded in the first half, as well as seeing Adnan Januzaj's goal chalked off due to an offside player being deemed to have interfered and affected Thibaut Courtois' sighting.

The Benzema call in particular has riled up Barcelona fans because Lionel Messi had a carbon copy goal disallowed in the Spanish Super Cup in January.

In Barcelona's 3-2 loss to Atletico Madrid, the ball bounced up and hit the same area as it did with Benzema before the six-time Ballon d'Or winner slotted home.

It was disallowed for handball after the intervention of VAR and yet the opposite decision was given at the Anoeta Stadium.

Real moved level with Barca on 65 points but lead LaLiga after 30 games played due to their superior head-to-head record against their rivals.