On Luuk de Jong’s disallowed goal in the first half, where Nemanja Gudelj clearly fouled Eder Militao in the box, Monchi said: “Everyone has seen it, it is a decision that hurts us a lot,”
“I have to shut up. I refuse to analyse a game in which they have removed a legal goal that made it 1-0.
“We are angry and outraged, but we accept the mistakes and do not take any action. We think ahead to the next game.”
In the post-game presser, the first seven questions aimed at Julen Lopetegui were about the referee. Little was asked about football. Naturally, Zinedine Zidane was asked about the referee too.
The French coach made it clear how he felt about Monchi’s comments.
“Monchi’s statements seem a bit strong to me,” Zidane said. “But they are his responsibility and it’s not for me to say if he is right.
“I’m not going to stop the sports director of Sevilla talking.
“The play of the first goal is blocking and a clear foul. It is the referees who decide, sometimes in favour and sometimes against.
“I saw a clear foul. They can complain, but the referee has done what he had to do. The result has been logical.”