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Zinedine Zidane Slams Decision to Award Sevilla Penalty as Real Madrid Falter in LaLiga Title Race

Zinedine Zidane was 'very angry' with controversial Sevilla penalty
Zinedine Zidane was 'very angry' with controversial Sevilla penalty / Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane slammed VAR's decision to award a penalty to Sevilla in a 2-2 draw that left his side two points behind LaLiga leaders Atletico Madrid.

The scores were level at 1-1 when the referee initially awarded a penalty to Los Blancos for a foul on Karim Benzema. But after further inspection, VAR decided to award a penalty to Sevilla, after it was revealed that Eder Militao had handballed in the area.

Zidane, as well as the players, couldn't understand the decision that led to Sevilla's penalty.

"I'm very angry. You'll have to explain the handball rules to me," he told Movistar after the match. "I spoke to the referee and I asked for an explanation. He said it was handball by Militao, but the other one wasn't. I don't like to talk about referees but today the feeling isn't good."

"If there's a handball inside the box, you give it both ways," he added. "The game is over now, but today we can be annoyed. I don't understand at all. If there was a handball from Militao, there was one from Sevilla too. We can talk now, but it won't be cleared up, that's what annoys me. Today I saw a handball from Sevilla and another from Real Madrid and he only gave one. That's the reality."

Marco Asensio, who scored Madrid's first goal, agreed with Zidane. "We still don't understand how the handball rule works," he said. "The referee was close, he didn't give it, play continued and we won a clear penalty, then the VAR intervened and decided to give them a penalty.

"I haven't seen the replay yet but Militao isn't even looking at the ball. It touches his arm without him wanting to. We're annoyed because it changes not just the game, but our chances of winning the league."

Real Madrid missed the chance to go top of the league table and find themselves in second place, level on points with Barcelona, with three games left to play this season.