Refereeing decisions changed the game, says Diego Lopez

Refereeing decisions changed the game, says Diego Lopez


Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez has claimed decisions by referee Carlos Clos Gomez changed the course of Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Osasuna at El Sadar Stadium.

Clos Gomez received criticism after sending off Los Blancos defender Sergio Ramos and failing to award the team a penalty for a foul on Luka Modric.

“Things were influenced by the referees’ decisions. A penalty and then sending off a centre back changes a game and especially at this ground. When the score is against you, it’s hard to come back from there,” the Spaniard said.

“They tell me that one of the cards shown to Ramos wasn’t even a foul, and what I did see clearly was the penalty on Modric. Sergio made two fouls and they weren’t brutal. They were just the typical fouls you make fighting the ball,” he added.

Madrid were 2-0 down when Sergio Ramos was sent off just before half-time, but an Isco goal a minute later gave the visitors hope, and Los Blancos were eventually rewarded with a goal from Pepe ten minutes from the end.

Lopez told the media: “We had some very clear chances to go ahead but then a lot of things went against us and that made it very complicated. In the second half, when it was 2-1 and we had ten men, we fought for the game until the end.”