Zinedine Zidane Blasts Pep Guardiola For Real Madrid Reference

Zinedine Zidane Blasts Pep Guardiola For Real Madrid Reference
Apr 13, 2018

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Zinedine Zidane has condemned Pep Guardiola’s comments after Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final victory over Juventus.

Wednesday’s quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu ended in controversy after Madrid progressed after a 98th minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Michael Oliver, at the centre of the controversy, gave the decision and also sent off Gianluigi Buffon late in the game.

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On Wednesday night, Guardiola referenced referee Victor Kassai’s dismissal of Arturo Vidal in last season’s Champions League tie. The Hungarian referee sent off Vidal in Real Madrid’s quarter-final clash with Bayern Munich last season.

The Manchester City manager made reference to this during his rant about the refereeing decisions that went against his team following the 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday night, saying: “Last year, he [Kassai] sent Vidal off unfairly at a time when Bayern were on top. This type of decision makes a difference.”

Guardiola was also outraged after Leroy Sané’s goal was ruled offside late in the first half. The Spaniard was sent to the stands after he complained to the referees about the decision at half-time. Zinedine Zidane has now responded to these comments and displayed his unhappiness at the Manchester City manager’s reference of Madrid.

I’m not going to say anything to him, I’m not interested in what Guardiola says” Zidane said after the tie.

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We went through last year and won the Champions League, but I never mess with the referees, and I’ve had the chances to do so. A referee’s job is hard. Sometimes it goes in your favour, other times against. I never get involved, and in any event, it was a penalty.

Guardiola has been charged with improper conduct by UEFA following his sending off against Liverpool. The Spaniard faces a three-match touchline ban if found guilty. UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body are due to hear the case on May 31.

The City boss reportedly verbally abused or insulted Mateu Lahoz during the Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool. Pep would receive an automatic one-match touchline suspension for his dismissal. The ban could be extended to an extra two games if he is found guilty of insulting Matue Lahoz.


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