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Zidane Hits Back At Barca Coach For Referee Comments

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hit back at FC Barcelona tactician Ronaldo Koeman, who recently suggested that referees favour Los Blancos in LaLiga.

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The Dutchman has been quite public in his dismay for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system this season after his side were denied a few penalties.

Koeman felt Eibar should have been awarded a penalty against Real this past weekend after the ball struck Sergio Ramos' arm in the box, but there was surprisingly no VAR check.

"I don't understand. As I said that day against Madrid, I do not want to repeat it. Nine out of 10 people in Madrid would have called a penalty, but the referee did not," he said, as per Mundo Deportivo.

"For my part, I think it is a penalty, but that is all. The referee and his VAR team decided otherwise, and I respect that. But yes, if they ask me then yes, it's a penalty."

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However, Zidane was quick disagree with Koeman's comments, and insisted Real have no influence on the officials.

"It has been annoying because I never get involved with the referees," he said on Tuesday.

"I think the referees are in charge of the game and they do a good job. Like everyone here, they just try to do their job. I never get involved with them. It's a very difficult job.

"What Koeman said, I'm not going to get into that. We have an important game tomorrow [against Granada on Wednesday], a very demanding game, and that's the only thing we're thinking about."

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