‘Madrid don’t need the referee’s help’

Shakhtar Donetsk Coach Mircea Lucescu criticised referee Ivan Bebek after the award of two contentious penalties to Real Madrid.

Both were converted by Cristiano Ronaldo as part of a hat-trick, but the trainer laid into Bebek after the final whistle.

“What happened was very difficult. We had good control and created chances, and a mistake cost us dearly and Madrid scored,” Lucescu began, AS reports, citing Andriy Pyatov’s error for Karim Benzema’s opener.

“After the second goal came [Taras Stepanenko’s] expulsion. I want them to respect us, but unfortunately in games against big European teams the same things happen.

“Against Manchester City, Juventus…there are two ways to referee, two types for us. We’re inferior. We take bookings and they don’t, they’re only warned.

“The penalties were non-existent, especially the first one. It hit his back. It’s incredible. The second one, it touched Dani Carvajal’s hand first and then one of ours, the way the players told me.

“The referee has been under a lot of pressure from the fans and has made it so it’s easy. It’s a shame. I never thought it would happen. Madrid is a great club and I’m sad to say this.

“We took the initiative and congratulate them anyway for the victory. It’s painful to comment on the performance of the officials.

“These referees shouldn’t be in the Champions League. We’re not respected and Madrid don’t need this type of help.

“I remember the game against Barcelona, when they scored a goal in the last minute. These kind of clubs don’t need help from the referees. I don’t know what else to say. It’s difficult against Madrid with 10 players.”

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