Valencia boss Nuno Santo has dismissed talk of a refereeing conspiracy ahead of Monday’s inter-city derby with Levante.
Los Che dropped two points in controversial fashion at Athletic Bilbao midweek as they fell to a late Artiz Aduriz equaliser, despite the striker clearly being in an offside position, leaving the Coach ‘outraged’ by the level of officiating.
“There seems to be different criteria for identical goals [referring to Antoine Griezmann’s goal against Malaga in an offside position],” he said at a Press conference.
“I hope the referee has a good game. We just want referees to do the best they know they can.
“Feelings differ after each game. We felt helplessness and anger [after Athletic].
“What we must do is channel all [our frustrations] into performances and apply them in the League. We’ve done it before, but the past is in the past.
“My statements have been respectful. I’ve never tried to disrespect anyone or any committee.
“I still think the same as before. Being in the Champions League is something very beautiful and important to the players who have fought for this objective.
“They must be rewarded ability to compete and win matches, but these decisions mustn’t be left in the hands of anyone.
“We’re supported by many fans and they all saw what happened. It was obvious and clear.
“The rivalry [between Valencia and Levante] is clear. They are two teams of the city [of Valencia], both of whom have played in the derby for many years.
“However, we’re not thinking about the rivalry right. We’re only giving importance to competing and getting the three points at Mestalla.
“In such an important competition [like La Liga], with the quality of the teams and players, you must have top professionals [for officials].
“I trust [La Liga’s refereeing system] fully, but you all saw what happened in Bilbao.”