Eduardo Berizzo refused to blame the referee for Celta Vigo’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Saturday but admitted “the red card influenced the game significantly”.
The Galicians had started the second half well, despite being 2-0 down, until Gustavo Cabral was shown a second yellow for dissent, but the Coach accepted the decision, although he appeared to question whether Los Blancos would have been punished if they were the guilty party.
“I don’t know if we got off to the wrong start, but we were always chasing the game,” he said after the game.
“They scored two goals, which forced us to react to the adversity. Their goalkeeper was the difference.
“I never talk about refereeing errors because that’s synonymous with crying and I hate crybabies.
“However, the red card influenced the game significantly as playing with one less man in La Liga is a big ask.
“When the players went over to protest [the decision to book Pablo Hernandez], the referee sought to mark his territory.
“I won’t complain about the referee taking such a stance if he does the same when the oppoother team gathers around him. The question is whether he is consistent.
“[On the state of the Balaidos pitch], it was appalling and counterproductive for us and our opponents.
“It wasn’t a pitch fit for a La Liga team, it was bad and contaminated. The presentation of a La Liga match doesn’t correspond to this pitch.”