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The fans of Cádiz in particular, and the antimadridista in general, are screaming for the non-expulsion of Casemiro in his demolition of Iván Alej


The fans of Cádiz in particular, and the antimadridista in general, are screaming for the non-expulsion of Casemiro in his demolition of Iván Alejo. An entrance from behind, without the possibility of the ball, spectacular and pulling scissors. Latre, who had been refereeing badly, as usual, left him in yellow. If she had been punished with a red card, neither he nor Madrid could have protested. The VAR did not intervene despite the fact that one of the four assumptions of the protocol is red cards and its passivity fuels anger. Anyone can understand that a referee wrinkles when expelling a Real Madrid player at the Bernabéu, but the VAR decides from a distance …

Nothing strange. I already commented here the other day that Medina Cantalejo has proposed that the VAR intervene less, only for very scandalous things, and thus he is instructing the referees in their matches while telling them not to take penalties and reminding them that football allows contact. In fact, of the three weeks that he has led the organization in the first two, the VAR did not intervene; He has only appeared in the latter, once in San Mamés on Sunday and two last night in Orriols. And two of those three interventions have come in geolocation, objective plays. Only Diakhaby’s hand has entered a debatable move.

All this, of course, will not conform to the angry cadista and anti-Madrid fans. Beyond the detail of a specific play, what we find is a swerve in the VAR application criteria (49 interventions in 15 days with Velasco, three in three with Medina) that leaves us sitting in the gutter. Referees often say that neither players nor fans nor journalists know the Rules. And who knows? From the Tables of the Law they have made a changing and volatile monstrosity and it turns out that the VAR, designed to bring conformity and eliminate controversy, is already seen as a hateful space for cultivating caprice or cynicism.