Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel took to his Facebook page to comment on the game between his side Deportivo La Coruna and Spanish giant Real Madrid.
Madrid stole a last minute winner through a powerful header courtesy of Sergio Ramos in injury time after the scoreline was held at 2-2. However, the game left the visitors raging due to the performance of the referee and match official.
Deportivo Coach Gaizka Garitano after the game said:
“When five minutes are added onto a game in which there was practically no time lost, we knew then that the stoppage time had been added so that Madrid could have a chance to score.
“Stoppage time seems to last longer at the Bernabeu, until Madrid score, full-time isn’t blown.”
Babel in his Facebook post claimed that Madrid influence referees.
“Experiencing the influence from very close what Real Madrid have on Referee’s [sic] is something you can’t fight against,” then he added: “Great team effort last night”
Jaime Latre was deemed too lenient at some of the actions in favour of Madrid. Ramos shoved Sidnei who was close to the referee but he opted to look away. Lucas Vazquez was involved in the free-for-all but escaped ay booking. Danilo brought down Babel on the edge of the box but the referee looked away, angering the Dutchman. In the final minutes, with the desperation to get a goal, Madrid players were diving in the box with the hope of getting a penalty but were not punished.
Alvaro Morata had gotten the game opener but it was cancelled by Joselu. The former Real Madrid Castila player got the second for Deportivo. Mariano equalized for the European champions and Ramos did the final injustice in the closing minutes. Madrid are set to break their unbeaten run under coach Zinedine Zidane.