The Referees Committee of the Spanish Football Federation decided to dismiss the mouse referee who caused the Brazilian player Vinicius Junior to be sent off in the Valencia and Real Madrid match in La Liga the day before yesterday, Sunday, at the Mestalla stadium, within the 35th round.
And the main referee of the video assistive technology, Nacho Iglesias Villanueva, made a fatal mistake, in the 96th minute of the aforementioned match, when he cut the image that he sent to the arena referee, Burgos Bengocia, without giving him the full footage when reviewing the mouse to confirm that Vinicius Junior attacked the Valencia Duro player.
The referee cut the picture that preceded the expulsion of Vinicius Jr., which prompted the referee Bengocia to cancel the yellow card and replace it with a red one, so that Real Madrid completed the last 6 minutes with ten players unjustly.
And she said Spanish newspaper Marcain its issue issued today, Tuesday, “The referee, Nacho Iglesias Villanueva, is no longer a referee for video assistive technology, in addition to expelling 5 other referees from this position.”
The newspaper added, “The referee deliberately cut the picture he sent to the arena referee in the last minutes of the Valencia-Real Madrid match, which caused Vinicius Jr.’s expulsion.”
And the same source confirmed, “The Spanish Football Federation decided with the technical committee for technical referees, CTA and RFEF, to expel 6 referees from working on video technology in the next season 2023/24, and the referee Villanueva was the first to be expelled.”
The video referee showed Vinicius Jr. hitting the face of Valencia player Hugo Duro without showing the full shot, which means he deliberately distorted some images of the match, and this is what caused him to be exempted from his mission as a video referee.
In an official statement, Real Madrid requested that the video referees be held accountable for this lapse, and the Spanish Federation did not want to waste time, and to take the appropriate decision once the investigation was over.
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