Bayern Munich were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League after a 6-3 aggregate loss to Real Madrid, with the officiating the major focus.
There were a number of questionable decisions from the referees in the match, including a decision not to send Real Madrid’s Casemiro off, and moments later sending Bayern’s Arturo Vidal off for a second bookable offence.
Cristiano Ronaldo also scored two goals that were clearly offside, and after the game, the entire Bayern contingent lashed out at the officiating.
“Arturo’s card was not a card and then two goals for Cristiano were offside,” said Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.
“We are not happy about this. In a quarter-final you have to have a referee with more quality, I think. It’s time to introduce videos for the referees.”
Vidal, who got sent off, said: “When they rob a game from you like that, it’s very tough. This error can’t happen in the Champions League. When it was 2-1 they got scared and the referee started putting on his show. We played with one less man at home and here, too. The referee put us out of the Champions League.”
Striker Robert Lewandowski added: “In the game today I think we could have won and played the next round but the referee made a lot of errors. I think it was impossible to play Real Madrid with 10 men.”
Winger Franck Ribery posted on his Snapchat, “1 year of hard work, thanks referee, bravo!”
With video replays already being tested in international friendlies, its only a matter of time before it is adopted fully to prevent such occurrences.