“It’s a XX goal, the ball was in the air.”

Jude Bellingham (21, Real Madrid) was left baffled by an unexpected red card after the game.

Bellingham was shown a red card for protesting to the referee after the match against Valencia in the 27th round of the 2023-2024 Spanish La Liga at the Estadio de Mestalla in Valencia, Spain on March 3.

The match ended 2-2. Real opened the match with back-to-back goals from Hugo Duro in the 27th minute and Roman Yaremchuk in the 30th minute. After Vinicius Junior pulled one back in first-half stoppage time, Real equalized in the 31st minute with another goal from Vinicius.

Real pushed forward in the closing stages in an attempt to turn the game on its head, with Bellingham finishing off a cross from Brahim Diaz in dramatic stoppage time.

However, referee Hill Mansano disallowed Bellingham’s goal.

The referee blew his whistle to end the game as soon as the cross went up. There were seven minutes of extra time, but the goal came in the ninth minute.

Immediately after the game, Real players swarmed referee Mansano and protested violently. In the process, Bellingham was shown a red card for shouting at the referee.

Some have questioned Mansano’s end-of-game whistle process. During Real’s final attack, Mansano pulled out his whistle, held it, and then released it again. 스포츠토토 That was before Diaz sent in the cross. However, Manzano blew his whistle in a rush as soon as Diaz sent in the cross.

The draw left Real with 66 points. They maintained their lead at the top of the table, but failed to extend their lead over second-placed Girona (59 points) and third-placed Barca (57 points), who have played a game less.

Bellingham’s red cards are also proving problematic.

According to Spanish publication Relevo and European transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Bellingham told the referee, “It’s a XX goal, the ball was in the air. It was in the air, it’s XX,” he said.

It’s true that Bellingham protested the referee by using profanity. However, the referee’s reaction to the red card was excessive, given that the words were not directed at him.

Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game, “I don’t know what to say. I don’t have much to say. What happened was unprecedented. We don’t like the red card given to Bellingham. He just said to the referee that it was ‘XX goal’. He didn’t insult referee Hill Mansano,” he said bitterly.

Meanwhile, Relevo said the disciplinary committee could hand down a two-match ban to Bellingham, who received a red card for protesting the referee. If that happens, Bellingham will miss the team’s home match against Celta Vigo on Nov. 11 and the away match against Osasuna.

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