Mel: Draw was fair result

Pepe Mel had few complaints about Real Betis being held at home by Athletic Bilbao, even when considering appeals for a handball offence in the area.

Betis took an early lead through Ruben Castro’s penalty, before Aritz Aduriz levelled matters just before the break, with the score finishing at 1-1.

“The result is fair, for what has been in the field, there were chances for both teams,” commented Mel at full-time.

“It does not mean that my team was unable to win, though, because we had chances and also there was the clear handball in the Athletic penalty area [by Ander Herrera, which was missed].

“But, the referees are always right, they whistle for what they see. They will have not seen this handball because they did not even point for a corner from it.

“We played a good first 25 minutes, but it is normal because they are a team trying to do everything at 100 per cent, with a fast game, and it had cost us by the end.”

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