NEWS
Thursday April 12 2018
Benatia: ‘Disgusted by football’

Juventus defender Medhi Benatia says he’s “more and more disgusted by the world of football” after Real Madrid’s penalty last night.

The centre-back was penalised for a challenge on Lucas Vazquez, with Michael Oliver pointing to the spot and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring to knock the Old Lady out.

“I’ve seen it in the match, I’ve seen it on the TV, you can’t whistle for a foul on this kind of action,” Benatia fumed, speaking to BeIn Sport France.

“When you put in that much effort, against a great team like this, you can’t have a referee whistling for a penalty like that in in the 93rd-minute, because honestly this is a game which should have ended in extra-time.

“I’m proud of my team today, but I’m more and more disgusted by the world of football.

"What I say might seem harsh, but when you make an effort like that you can't afford to have the referee give a penalty kick in the 93rd minute and crush the hopes of the people. There's some work behind all that.

“If I’d made a clear foul I’d have said it honestly: ‘I touched him, but otherwise he’d have scored into an empty goal’. But that’s not the case!

“I did everything I could not to touch him, but at the end of the day football is still a contact sport.

“So it’s possible my right thigh touched him, but I didn’t shove him or anything.

“There it is, it’s bad, it’s bad. We’re disgusted, but that’s life, that’s football.”

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