Ref: I whistled a penalty for Casemiro because that’s what I saw



The referee of Real Madrid’s game against Levante, Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva, has reaffirmed his belief that the controversial penalty he awarded for Casemiro was what he considered to be the right decision at that moment.

Iglesias Villanueva has defended himself by explaining that he acted spontaneously, as any referee is asked to do during a game.

“What I gave is very clear; I whistled a penalty because I saw a penalty,” he told Radio MARCA.

“Referees have to make decisions in a matter of tenths of a second and there is nothing more to add about this play.

“The referees watch the matches and do a self-analysis of our performance, but it goes without saying that the play was very complex.”

The Spaniard went on to talk about the use of the VAR, which has also sparked controversy in its inaugural season in LaLiga Santander.

“We are working to clarify things and every time you have more information; our obsession is always to improve,” he added.

“The referees do not devise this protocol, we simply apply it.

“The VAR is for clear and obvious things and if we get into the dangerous territory of interpretation, we run the risk of having to go [VAR] every five minutes to see a play.”