The fallout from Real Madrid’s comeback win Osasuna has continued into the early part of this week as referee Alfonso Perez Burrull has been made an example of for his awful display of officialdom Sunday night in the Bernabeu.
Central to the uproar is the manner referee Burrull sent off the visitors most gifted and influential player, Juanfran Torres, for a pair of so-called yellow card offences. Both booking came for alleged simulation in the area from Juanfran, only for TV footage to absolve Osasuna’s number 12 of any wrongdoing, showing in fact that in both instances the correct decision would have been to award a penalty to Los Rojillos.
Adding insult to injury, TV cameras also caught ref Burrull mouthing off to Juanfran that if he was “going to dive, at least do it properly.”
Osasuna president Pachi Izco has since called Burrell “immoral” and said Osasuna would appeal the red card. He also threatened that Osasuna may split from the referees’ federation in light of their recent victimisation.
The referee’s actions gained him a great deal of notoriety in the Spanish press, and he has been withdrawn by the Referee’s Committee for the Copa del Rey quarter-final between Espanyol and Barcelona on Tuesday night.