Spanish press takes shot at English ref after penalty award against Real Madrid

English referee Howard Webb has once again come in for some criticism from the Spanish press.

Webb awarded Juventus a penalty last night in the 41st minute of the 2-2 draw between Real Madrid and the Serie A giants, after a challenge by Real defender Raphael Varane, it’s a decision which has been blasted by the Spanish media.

Marca is running a story on the home page of their website which calls the decision a mistake, suggesting the referee made the ‘wrong call’ and that ‘no penalty should have been given’.

There is no story to back up the headline and the sub-headline, which suggests that it’s nothing more than a stab at one of the Premier League’s most experienced officials.

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This isn’t the first time Webb has been blasted by the Spanish media.

In the summer of 2010, Marca ripped into Webb for his performance during Spain’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Switzerland, after the Swiss were wrongly awarded an offside goal and David Silva was denied a penalty.

On that occasion Webb was awarded marks of three out of ten for his performance, but the fact there’s no article this time round means there is nothing judge that score by.

Real Madrid should be happy because they secured a point away from home in a very difficult Champions League match, which allowed them to move onto the magical ten points mark, six points ahead of Galatasaray in second place.

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