Real Madrid have witnessed VAR robberies worth five points already

Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)
Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane (Photo by Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images) /

Real Madrid, who are supposedly backed by the referees, have already lost five points this season due to VAR not being used correctly.

Real Madrid won La Liga last season at the back of a 10-match winning run and they are doing everything in their power to defend the championship this time out as well. However, there seems to be controversy whenever the best club in the world wins with suggestions that VAR and the referees have been helping the Whites find an easy way out.

In truth, Real Madrid would have been seven points better off than at present if the claims made by opposing camps were true.

Real Sociedad 0-0 Real Madrid (2 points lost due to VAR not being used at all)

Real Madrid visited San Sebastian in the first outing of this La Liga campaign and could return home with just one point. Real Sociedad held them to a 0-0 draw, but that should not have been the case, with images showing a penalty should have been awarded.

Ferland Mendy’s cross stuck Gorosabel on the arm, but the referee that evening turned a blind eye onto the appeals. VAR was not consulted either, let alone a decision being made.

Real Madrid 1-2 Deportivo Alaves (1 point lost due to penalty not being called)

Real Madrid trailed 1-0 at the cusp of half-time against Alaves when Marcelo was the subject of another incident which was totally overlooked by the committee based in front of the screens, which may have been very decisive.

Marcelo was pulled back by Victor LaGuardia who made no attempt to play the ball, whilst also pulling his hair. Los Blancos would have equalised ahead of half-time and the complexion of the match may have been different in the second half.

Elche 1-1 Real Madrid (2 points lost due to inconsistent penalty calls)

Elche rescued a point against Real Madrid in the latest match which had VAR controversy. Dani Carvajal was punished for a similar tug on the shirt which also occurred in the first half on Karim Benzema, which went unconfuted and unpunished.

With a potential goal from the penalty, Madrid would have been 2-0 up before the hosts in the fixture even got a chance to draw level from the spot, another influential call.

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With Real Madrid not having a penalty in La Liga since May 2018 and having two very reliable penalty takers in Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema, one would imagine that these decisions, if called would have been very influential. VAR, in Spain, has been inconsistent as around the world but the claims that it favours one team over another simply seem laughable.