Abelardo believes the officials were wrong to send off Bernardo in Sporting Gijon’s defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
Amaya was dismissed late in the first half after picking up two quick bookings, the second of which led to Roberto Trashorras putting Rayo in front from the penalty spot.
“The images are there. The team, when we had 11, were on top and made very good moves,” the Coach said, Marca reports.
“What happened for the penalty wasn’t fair. I think there was a more decisive moment, a handball in the area [by Antonio Amaya] that could have changed the game.
“I’ve said it was very clear. Referees make mistakes and we didn’t benefit this time, but even so I have no objection to Rayo’s win.
“I’m not going to judge the performance of [referee Vicandi Garrido] because I never do. The penalty and the red card happened. When it was 11 against 11 we had chances.
“The injury to Antonio Sanabria was a set-back as I didn’t want to replace him, and before that the Bernardo red card. The team though showed their face in the second half and competed well.”