Barcelona were handed a defeat by Real Madrid in the latest El Clasico with Ronald Koeman fuming with referee Gil Manzano as Zinedine Zidane’s men took a huge step forward in La Liga.
El Clasico referee Gil Manzano had a savage comment for Lionel Messi as Barcelona lost to Real Madrid.
Los Blancos are rivalling Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu on Saturday evening.
First half goals from Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema were enough to see off Ronald Koeman’s men, despite a strike from Oscar Mingueza after an hour.
As with almost every El Clasico, there was controversy towards the end of the match as Barcelona pushed for an equaliser.
The visitors were fuming with the officials after Ferland Mendy was accused of hauling Martin Braithwaite down in the area.
But the referee waved away protests and did not consult VAR, with Koeman losing his temper after the Real Madrid clash.
On the pitch, Manzano and Messi got into an argument where the referee savagely put the Argentine down when he said: “Referee show respect, speak well.”
The match official replied: “Do you know the rules of football or not? If you don’t, then I’ll explain them to you later.”
Manzano remains the only Spanish referee to ever send Messi off in his professional career.
Back in January, the 33-year-old was shown a red card after being adjudged to have punched Athletic Bilbao star Asier Villalibre in the Copa del Rey.
Meanwhile, Koeman was less than pleased with the decision and hit out at the referees for not even consulting VAR.
“For me the penalty is very clear and everyone has seen it,” he told a post match interview with Marca.
“The way Martin falls, it has to be a foul. The referee may not see it, but we have a VAR for situations like this.
“However, it is better not to say more. The team has been mentally good and we deserved a decision in the penalty situation.”