An image of Raphael Varane's painful looking thigh injury has emerged online following Real Madrid's 0-0 draw with Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night.
The Frenchman was left in a heap after La Blaugrana defender Clement Lenglet planted his studs on his opponent's leg, though no penalty was forthcoming. Minutes later, Varane was once again aggrieved to see the referee ignore his claims for a spot kick, having had his shirt pulled in the box by Ivan Rakitic-
Spanish journalist José Luis Sánchez posted pictures of the 26-year-old's thigh on Twitter, with the images revealing the extent of the damage dealt by Lenglet's boot.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane insisted his side should have been awarded spot-kicks for both incidents, though Lenglet said of the clash (as quoted by AS): "I happened to make contact with his leg, but it's not a penalty."
Surprisingly, VAR did not review the incident. Discussing the decision not to use the new technology, former Los Blancos striker Emilio Butragueño told Marca: "[It] has to be present to help the referee because it's impossible for the referee to see everything.
"That's what VAR is for. VAR is meant to intervene when there is a clear [error]. It's disconcerting that it didn't intervene [for Varane's claims]. We understand that they are two clear fouls that the referee wasn't able to see for sure.
"Then it's difficult to understand why the technology that is available isn't being used for these types of moments. It's very confusing for everyone is what we can say."
The game ended goalless, despite Gareth Bale appearing to open the scoring. The Welshman's effort was ultimately ruled out after Madrid defender Ferland Mendy was deemed to be in offside position before crossing for his teammate.
Varane was not the only one who sustained an injury during the delayed Clasico, which had been due to take place on October 26, with 46 people reportedly needing treatment following altercations between Catalan protesters and the police.
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