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'We Have to Respect It' - Zidane on Referee's Decision to Not Award Real Madrid Penalty for Felipe Handball

Ali Shibil Roshan
Zidane insisted they have to respect the referee's decision
Zidane insisted they have to respect the referee's decision / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane refused to give his opinion on the decision to deny their claims for a penalty for a Felipe handball during the Madrid derby.

Felipe handled the ball inside Atletico Madrid's box in the first half of the La Liga match which ended in a 1-1 draw. However, referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez chose not to award the defending La Liga champions a penalty even after consulting the VAR, which former La Liga referee Juan Andujar Oliver said was the right decision.

When asked about that at the post-match press conference, Zidane chose not to give his take on the decision and insisted they have to respect the referee's call. "As always, I'm not getting involved," Zidane said [via Marca]. "We know they [referees] have a tough job. We have to respect the decision and that's it.

"We know that, in any way, it's difficult. We can't get involved in that. It's the referee's responsibility.

"The players were saying it was handball, but the referee said it wasn't."

Meanwhile, Real Madrid continue to sit five points behind La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid who have a game in hand. However, Zidane has not given up hope of winning the league title as he insisted there is still a long way to go and that they are going to fight till the end.

"The first half was theirs and the second was ours," Zidane said of the match. "In the end, the good and most important thing is to have a second half like we did.

"Our goal is to keep going. We know there's a long way to go and we're going to fight until the end. Things can always change.

"We know that we can improve. The most important thing was playing better in the second half."