El Clasico: Real Madrid were playing against 12 men, says Ronaldo
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo slams poor refereeing after Barcelona win the El Clasico 4-3 to open up Spanish League title race
Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has slammed referee Undiano Mallenco in the wake of Real Madrid's 3-4 La Liga loss against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi (right) celebrates after scoring as Ronaldo looks dejected. Pics/AFP
Madrid were awarded a controversial spot kick shortly after half-time, but Mallenco also pointed to the spot in Barcelona's favour twice in the remainder of the game - while also dismissing Sergio Ramos - and Ronaldo feels the official deliberately favoured the Catalans.
"Undiano Mallenco is not suitable for games like this. We were playing against 12. It's always the same. It's like they don't want us to win and wanted Barcelona back in the title race," Ronaldo told reporters
"I am not looking for excuses, but I don't want to stay quiet on this. The referee was not at the required level for a big game like this.
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"I have been here for five years now and I know how things work. If Barcelona had lost, they would have been out of the title race. I have never seen Real Madrid being favoured by the referees."
'We will win La Liga!'
Ronaldo remains confident that Madrid will win the Liga title, however, irrespective of the defeat at the Bernabeu.
"Regardless of all that happened, Madrid will still win La Liga."
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Carlo Ancelotti's side currently sit joint first with Atletico Madrid, while Barca are third, just a single point behind.