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SBD Global/March 25, 2014/International Football

Football Notes: Spanish Referees' Committee Reports Ramos, Ronaldo For Complaints

Spain's Referees' Committee (CTA) has reported Real Madrid players Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo to the Spanish Football Federation's (RFEF) Competition Committee "after their criticism of Clásico referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco." The panel, which "holds meeting on Wednesdays," will decide "whether the comments made by the Madrid players are worthy of punishment." Ronaldo said of Mallenco, "He was pale, very nervous. A referee has to be relaxed in order to do as well as possible. It makes me think that matches are not only won on the pitch. Maybe they don't want us to win the league. Since I've been at Madrid we've never benefited from refereeing." Ramos: "It was a very tense Clásico. ... For the good of Real Madrid and of football, let's hope Undiano does not officiate another of our games this season" (AS, 3/24). ... Bayern Munich has been hit with a partial stadium closure for their Champions League quarterfinal against ManU "over the homophobic banner unfurled before their win over Arsenal." The European champions were sanctioned by UEFA for displaying a banner which featured the words "Gay Gunners" and an animation of Mesut Özil in front of the visitors’ signature cannon during this month’s last-16 second leg at the Allianz Arena. Bayern was also fined €10,000 ($14,000) after action was jointly taken over a political banner which read, "Say No to racism, Say Yes to Kosovo" (London TELEGRAPH, 3/24).
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