Real Betis midfielder Dani Ceballos believes referee Mateu Lahoz ‘lacked bravery’ when failing to send off Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas on Sunday.
The Costa Rican goalkeeper clattered into Verdiblancos midfielder Darko Brasanac midway through the first half as he went to head the ball but hit only the Serbian, a decision which left the visitors infuriated.
"(Mateu Lahoz) knows there was contact and he admits it but not enough to call it," Ceballos told Marca.
"He lacked a little bit of bravery to leave Madrid with a man less in the 20th minute."
Betis Coach and former Madrid midfielder Victor Sanchez del Amo believes that decision cost his side dearly, believing they could have won the game.
"I have not seen it again, but they told me it was a clear red card for Navas," Victor said in his post-match press conference.
"Obviously that would have changed the game. We would have played the rest of the game with an extra player. When they had an extra player they scored and won the game."