The Assistant Referee who claims that he was told to show bias towards Real Madrid over Barcelona is Jorge Canelo Prieto.
Prieto registered a complaint with his lawyers over having been
approached by the referee on behalf of a senior figure on La Liga's
Referee Committee to favour the Madrilenos - it is now perceived in
Spain that biased officiating from the match referee is too obvious.
The Assistant Referee also alleges that he received a phonecall from a
senior member of the Referees' Committee advising him it would be
"intelligent" to follow the instructions for the progression of his
As a consequence, the announcement of the match officials for El Clasico was delayed.
Intriguingly, the release of the officials was timed for 21:00 hrs
last Tuesday which coincided with the kick off of the England v France
spectacle and would have been during the Belgium v Spain match if it had
not been postponed.
Prieto has been replaced by Diego Barbero Sevilla but the match referee remains David Fernandez Borbolan.
The La Liga president is Javier Tebas...
... he has recently gone public as being a Real Madrid fan.
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