La Liga referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea, who recently officiated the Real Madrid - Sevilla game where he made several mistakes, including the denial of a clear Vinicius Jr penalty, gave an interview to Marca which was published today. In the interview, de Burgos Bengoetxea spoke about VAR, refereeing in Spain, and Real Madrid’s perception of him and other referees. Here are the Real Madrid related bits below:
Admitting he made a mistake against Vinicius in the Sevilla game
“I think that’s also a step forward.. I understand the disappointment of the players and I recognize it. I don’t watch plays at halftime, but I do watch the phone. I have to see it because it’s my job. If the players protest me angrily, I understand that something has happened, that I have missed it and I think we have to be honest and when they ask for explanations, the best thing is to say that one has made a mistake, that there was no bad faith, and that unfortunately, I have made a decision against that player, which I should not have made. It is important that they see that we are human and that we recognize mistakes, and that we do not have to hide from anything.”
Real Madrid not being happy with him and other referees
“They are a big club and you know that if there is any controversy it will be maximized. They have louder speakers than small clubs. It’s part of the game and what you have to do is come in with a clean head, be impartial and treat all players on any team the same. The games that I have refereed for Real Madrid have been against teams and in very complicated stadiums. Surely there are decisions in which I have made mistakes, that have harmed them, but surely in many other games I have also made decisions that could have harmed other teams. Real Madrid has a very, very big impact and a loud speaker.... If I am reappointed, I will try to be as impartial and honest as possible.”
Are Real Madrid the victims?
“If they think that I am going against a team, then they are wrong, both they (Real Madrid) and anyone who may think that a referee is going with the intention of harming a team. It is not like this. We are professionals. Nowadays there are a thousand cameras and if there is a key error and I make a mistake, they will call me. I have a clear conscience of having done my job to the best of my ability and recognizing that there have been times when I have made mistakes, like any athlete.”