Atletico Madrid vs Real Betis

Joaquin Caparros and Philippe Montanier were in agreement over the harshness and decisivness of Javi Marquez’ red card.

Marquez’ second yellow just before the half-hour mark was for a handball offence, which replays suggested was an incorrect call.

Jose Angel for La Real was later not whistled for what appeared a clear handling offence, as the Basques recorded a comfortable 3-0 home win.

“It is amazing that a professional referee has practiced unequal criteria in one encounter,” commented Caparros afterwards.

“If Marquez was booked then Jose Angel’s foul was clear, and we were left with a tremendous disadvantage against a team that we were previously equal to.

“The red card ended the game.”

Counterpart Montanier did not disagree with Caparros.

 “I can understand Caparros’ reaction and I believe that it was harsh on Mallorca. But last season we also played games with an unfair disadvantage,” reflected Montanier after his team’s subsequent 3-0 win.

“For the game I am satisfied. With the importance of this victory we can take a step forward, for winning four points from a possible six in the last two games points and for the good dynamic we are in.

“We did not play the best game of the season, but we were patient and tough in defence.”