After observing the incident on the pitchside VAR monitor, referee Juan Martinez Munuera recognized Clement Lenglet to have fouled Sergio Ramos.

Barcelona didn’t deserve to lose the game

Ronald Koeman has protested the decision that saw Real Madrid given a penalty in the second half of Saturday’s Clásico at Camp Nou. After observing the incident on the pitchside VAR monitor, referee Juan Martinez Munuera recognized Clement Lenglet to have fouled Sergio Ramos. Koeman was one of those who expressed his disapproval of the decision, which allowed Ramos to restore Real Madrid’s advantage around the hour mark. “We played well, created opportunities. In the second half, we were also good,” Koeman said after the game. “It’s hard to understand; we didn’t deserve to lose the game. I didn’t understand some of the referee’s decisions. The penalty decision greatly influenced the final result. We were doing well up to the penalty spot. The penalty has had a big impact. I don’t understand VAR. I think there is only VAR when it’s against Barcelona. This tugs always happen in the area.”

VAR is always against Barcelona

“We’re five games into the season, and we have not won from VAR at all. The cards at Getafe… We didn’t deserve to lose like this. I told the referee that I hope someone can explain to me how VAR works in Spain. We have five games and VAR only against Barcelona. Never in favour. It was not a penalty on Lionel Messi against Sevilla, nor for the two reds at Getafe. I asked him why only VAR is against Barcelona and I haven’t spoken to Lenglet about the incident. I think there was a foul from Ramos on Lenglet before. There is a tug, but not enough to throw yourself to the ground like that… If you are pulled like that, you should fall forward, not backwards.”

“It’s okay that Real Madrid players try to make the most of everything because they get penalties. I have no problem with that. The referee has to decide, with VAR, whether it’s a penalty or not. I don’t want to talk about it anymore, but it was a defining moment in the game.”