Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has vented his frustration with La Liga’s officials on Twitter after Real Madrid were awarded a controversial penalty on Sunday night.
Real recovered from two goals down to beat Villarreal 3-2 thanks in part to Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser from the spot after Bruno Soriano was penalised for handball.
Pique believes Real have benefited from an eight-point swing over their El Clasico rivals, posting images of reports from Spanish media to highlight his point.
“Against the same teams. 8 points. Those clips are from the Madrid press, if you doubted,” Pique posted on Twitter shortly after Real’s win.
As well as the penalty award on Sunday, the reports in Pique’s tweet refer to a disallowed Barcelona goal against Malaga, a Sergio Ramos strike which was given – also against Malaga – and a handball by Villarreal against Barcelona which the referee failed to spot.
Contra los mismos equipos. 8 puntos. 8 y tal. Los recortes son de prensa de Madrid por la duda. pic.twitter.com/nZUDgrjuVd
— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) February 26, 2017
In response, Ramos said he was not surprised by the reaction from his Spanish compatriot.
“It would’ve surprised me if Messi had put it,” Ramos told reporters after Sunday’s match. “We all know how Pique is.”
Pique was the subject of two complaints from the Spanish referees’ committee earlier in the season following incidents against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey and Villarreal in La Liga.