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Notes & Quotes: May 15, 2020; Open Thread

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Vinicius excited to train, Real Madrid to cut wages and UCL 2016 Final referee speaks on Ramos’ header

Real Madrid Training Session Photo by Antonio Villalba/Real Madrid via Getty Images

Vinicius says he is excited to be back training with the club

Vinicius recently spoke with Real Madrid TV where he expressed his excitement in getting back to training with his team.

“We’re doing a bit of everything: gym work, with the ball, movement....it’s a big step forward for us.”

“We need to feel the ball, we haven’t played all together for a long time. The most important thing is to enjoy it, even though it’s a bit weird at the moment. It’s tough to train like this, it’s a bit like when you’re coming back from an injury.”

It’s great to see that the players are excited about getting back to training and hopefully back to playing football sometime soon. It seems that things are starting to fall back into place for the league to start back up within the next month or so.

All eyes are obviously on Germany and the Bundesliga this weekend as it will be the first domestic league to return to action on Saturday. If all goes well, it is much more likely we see LaLiga follow suit.

Real Madrid reportedly set to make more wage cuts next season

According a report from AS, Real Madrid are reportedly looking to make more salary cuts to playing staff and club executives next season. This would be in addition to the 10% pay reduction that was instituted already in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

AS says that the salary cut would not apply to the staff that work operations at the Bernabéu or other additional club workers. The report also says that LaLiga and Real are set to lose 20% of total revenue this season, and that is the proposed “best case scenario.”

Obviously, this means that transfers will be a bit more difficult this summer, as other reports have alluded to in this case of players such as Eduardo Camavinga.

This season has clearly been affected all across the board from this pandemic. If this report is true, it seems that there will be plenty of fallout for the club to deal with in at least this next season.

Champions League 2016 Final referee says Ramos’ header was offside

Mark Clattenburg, the referee from the 2016 Champions League Final in Milan, recently spoke with the Daily Mail (via ESPN) where he revealed that he felt Ramos’ opening goal was offsides.

“Real Madrid went 1-0 up in the first half, but the goal was slightly offside and we realized at half-time—it was a hard call and my assistant missed it.”

“I gave Atlético a penalty early in the second half. Pepe was furious and said to me in perfect English: ‘Never a penalty, Mark.’ I said to him: ‘Your first goal shouldn’t have stood.’ It shut him up.”

“People might think that sounds odd, because two wrongs don’t make a right and referees don’t think like that, but players do. I knew by saying that to him it would make him more accepting of the situation. He was a wind-up merchant and not fun to referee one bit, you had to be on your guard constantly.”

This controversy is still coming up five years later. It started to pick up steam again on social media after Atlético referred to Clattenburg’s comments on Twitter.

It’s always interesting to entertain a ‘what-if’ scenario had Ramos’ goal been waived off, especially now with VAR, and how that would’ve affected the rest of the match. Ramos scored just 15 minutes into the Final.

Atlético didn’t score from Pepe’s penalty after Griezmann hit the crossbar. They didn’t even score the equalizer until late in the match. It ended up going to penalties, which is about as neutral a finish as you get.

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