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Villarreal coach denies implying gifts from Real Madrid swayed referees

IANS logoIANS 28-02-2017

Villarreal suffered a 2-3 home defeat against Real Madrid, while the referees were seen carrying Real Madrid gift bags after the match, reports Efe.

The Spanish coach insisted that Villarreal has never suggested that these gift bags could have influenced the decisions of the officials.

Escriba believes that things have been exaggerated, explaining that there is a chance of errors made by referees in every game, but once the game ends there is nothing to be done.

He emphasised that referees must be respected, and reiterated that he understands mistakes may be made by match officials, but that is a part of soccer.

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