El Arabi frustrated with referee after Real Madrid loss

Karim Benzema’s winner came after Isco appeared to be in an offside position and the Moroccan striker believes the officials made a mistake

Youssef El Arabi was unable to hide his frustration with referee Juan Martinez Munuera’s display in Granada’s 1-0 La Liga loss to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Martinez Munuera controversially ruled out El Arabi’s effort halfway through the first half, before allowing Karim Benzema’s second-half goal to stand after Isco had seemingly strayed into an offside position in the build-up to the winner.

Madrid felt aggrieved in the closing stages of the game when they were denied a penalty after Isco was seemingly fouled in the box, yet El Arabi feels Rafael Benitez’s side have little reason to complain.

“I don’t know whether Madrid deserved a penalty,” El Arabi told Canal Plus.

“The referee did not call a few fouls in our favour either.

“We all know that my goal was not offside.”

Nevertheless, El Arabi thinks Granada put in a strong performance after they were beaten 9-1 in the same fixture last season.

“We are happy with our performance. We were beaten by a strong team. We created two fine chances. It would have changed the game had we converted those,” he added.

“Madrid are a team that can score a goal from out of nowhere. We played different than we did last year and we can win a lot of games if we play like this.”

Granada coach Jose Ramon Sandoval, meanwhile, refused to blame the referee for his side’s defeat.

“I never talk about the referee,” he said. 

“It is up to other people to referee.

“We could have got a better result had we been a bit luckier.”

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