Linesman claims he was pressurized into favouring Real Madrid in El Clasico

A formal complaint has been made to the public prosecutor’s office in Barcelona in which an assistant referee claims that he was asked to make calls in favor of Real Madrid in the upcoming El Clasico derby against Barcelona next month.

According to the report from Spanish radio Cadena COPE, Jacinto Vicente Hernandez, a lawyer who specializes in sports, reported to Anti-corruption Prosecutors in Barcelona that a first division assistant referee was allegedly pressured by the Spanish Referees’ Association to favour Real Madrid in their game against Barcelona on 21st November.

The report explains that since the referee for the Clasico will be in spotlight and any favorable decision he makes could generated too much controversy, the Spanish Referee’s Committee want the assistant referee to influence the decisions.

The linesman whose names is so far kept confidential, has received a phone-call in September from the match official who is shortlisted to take charge of Clasico and had received instructions to make decisions in favor of one of the clubs.

The plan is – not to allow the match official to take the most difficult decisions during match, because he will be in the media limelight and will be subjected to tough media scrutiny. If the referee doesn’t take the decisions, his assistant can adopt those responsibilities.

The first round of El Classico is scheduled to take place on November 22, 2015 at Santiago Bernabéu with Real Madrid playing hosts to their arch rivals Barcelona. The officials for the match are yet officially named will be only confirmed a week before the scheduled date of kick-off.