x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

A gaffe that could cost Granada their survival

Granada have every right to grumble at the Spanish football authorities, as well as the Zaragoza referee.

MReferee Carlos Clos Gomez is reprimanded by Granada players. Miguel Angel Molina / Zuma Press
MReferee Carlos Clos Gomez is reprimanded by Granada players. Miguel Angel Molina / Zuma Press

The ineptitude of Spanish football authorities knows no bounds. Not content with confirming kick offs at the last minute, a lily- livered approach to clubs who don't pay their players or not running proper checks on who buys clubs, they appear incapable of getting even the basics correct.

A Granada side fighting relegation played Real Madrid at the weekend. Among the other relegation candidates are Real Zaragoza, a team who can catch Granada. So who did the authorities appoint as referee for Granada's game? Clos Gomez, from Zaragoza. That is Clos Gomez whose family have season tickets at Zaragoza.

If the Granada president was fuming before the game, telling the world of his lack of faith that the competition was "clean", he was incandescent afterwards.

Granada were leading against a Real side who had just won the league title until the 80th minute when they conceded a penalty. They then conceded a stupid own goal, before the referee blew for time as Granada were about to take a corner.

Granada's players blamed the referee. It was no excuse for winger Dani Benitez to throw a bottle, which hit Gomez in the face, but the suspicion - if not the violence into the tunnel after two Granada players were sent off - was understandable. Granada turned off the hot water and internet in the referee's room, too, but not being able to get Wi-Fi would have been the least of his worries as half the Granada team tried to kick his door down.

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