CAIRO: Spain’s referees’ chief Victoriano Sanchez Arminio told the BBC that official Cesar Muniz Fernandez that awarded Real Madrid a penalty in the stoppage-time against Elche last Wednesday, might have some family issue.
The Elche players were angry at Muniz’s decision, not only because he rewarded Real Madrid a penalty but also because the allocated three minutes of added time had already ended
Muniz claimed that Carlos Sanchez (Elche player) pulled down Real Madrid defender Pepe in stoppage time with the scores at 1-1. The resulting penalty was scored by Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid won the game by 2-1.
Arminio said “I don’t think he got it right. Maybe he had some family issue that meant he wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”
Spanish media reported the referees’ committee had decided that Muniz Fernandez would not officiate as referee another Elche match this season.