Former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez made shocking remarks about the whistle-grip in Spain with the goal of Real Madrid.
The referee at La Lagi favored Real Madrid
Referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, a retired La Liga senior referee, recently caused a stir by saying in an interview that nearly every referee worked at the professional level of the ball. Spanish football is more or less support for Real Madrid.
Mr. Iturralde has captured 291 matches in La Liga and recently on the radio Cadena SER, the former Basque referee said that if the arbitration rate of Real Madrid is biased against Barcelona, the difference is too big. Responding to El Larguero, former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, who controlled 291 matches in La Liga, affirmed: “90% and 10%, 90% of the referees in La Liga favored Real Madrid”.
“Whether Barcelona likes it or not, the truth is that 70% of the Spanish population, with the exception of Catalunya, is a Real Madrid fan. There are now more people who like Barcelona especially young people who saw the success of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. But how many people cheered for Real Madrid in Spain before the era of Messi? 70%.”
Referees are always a hot topic with Spanish football
In 2014, Iturralde also commented on the bias of the referees. “Football referees in Spain don’t come from Mars, they become referees because they like football and when they like football they will have their own favorite teams. I was born in Bilbao and am a Bilbao fan, but the same thing doesn’t apply to other parts of the country” he said.
“The rest of Spain is mostly a fan of Real Madrid or Barcelona because those are the two most successful teams. And the majority of them are Real Madrid fans because Real Madrid frankly speaking there are fans across the country. But I don’t equate them all as unprofessional referees.”
In 2015, a La Liga assistant referee reported that the referee in La Liga would favor Real Madrid players at the El Clasico match against the Spanish authorities. The referee said he was under pressure to control the match in favor of Real Madrid in the super classic match on November 21, 2015. This pressure came from a member of the arbitration board of La Liga. The identity of this assistant referee has not been revealed.
Real Madrid and the arbitration issue have always been controversial topics since the late 1960s to the present. There was a “conspiracy theory” that the chief referee of the Spanish Football Federation in the second half of the 1960s not only helped Real Madrid to win La Liga consecutively but also guaranteed that Barcelona never won.
Even the Champions League finals with Real in attendance did not lack the controversial phase, from the decisive goal of Predrag Mijatovic in 1998 to the equalizer of Sergio Ramos in 2016.