3 arrested in Valencia, video referee suspended

3 arrested in Valencia, video referee suspended

« The police arrested three young people in Valencia today for the racist components that occurred on Sunday during the match between Valencia and Real Madrid », said the police, who had opened an investigation after these insults which caused a wave of indignation in the country and abroad.

In addition, the video referee of the Valencia – Real Madrid match has been replaced in his duties for the next day of La Liga, during which he was designed for two matches, announced the Spanish (Site notre bureau spécialisé) federation (RFEF) on Tuesday in a press release. .

« After a decision by the arbitrary technical committee of the RFEF, a change that will occur in the VAR designations of the match Betis Sevilla – Getafe of the 36e first division day. Cesar Soto Grado replaces Nacho Iglesias Villanueva. In addition, Angel Nevado Rodriguez replaced Nacho Iglesias Villanueva as VAR assistant for the Osasuna – Athletic Bilbao match of the 36th day.

According to the press, Nacho Iglesias Villanueva has been removed from his position as referee by the RFEF. The federation did not wish to confirm this information.

Choking and scuffle

Iglesias Villanueva was in charge of the video arbitration during the match won (1-0) by Valencia against Real, which was the scene of insults of all kinds, including racist, towards the Brazilian striker from Madrid, Vinicius.

At the end of the match, twenty minutes after the incidents which interrupted the game for several minutes around the 70e Minute for racist insults, a scuffle between Hugo Duro and Vinicius required the field referee (Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea) to go and review the action on video.

But Nacho Iglesias Villanueva only showed replays of the gesture which earned the Brazilian striker a direct red card, failing to broadcast the images of Valencia player Hugo Duro who had already held Vinicius by the neck for a long time in a gesture resemblance to a strangulation.