The Spanish Football Federation has reacted immediately after the controversy generated in the last hours by the Vinicius Case and the repeated complaints from the different clubs towards the VAR. The highest body of Spanish football has not been slow to take forceful measures: six VAR referees will be fired. As AS has learned, the serious errors committed by the members affected by this measure have led the RFEF to adopt this measure imminently.
One of the fired referees will be, precisely, Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva. The Galician referee was the referee who was in charge of the VAR this Sunday in the Valencia-Real Madrid match. In the Technical Committee of Referees there is great discomfort for his performance, since he did not show him the complete sequence of the action between Vinicius and Hugo Duro De Burgos Bengoetxea, who acted as the main referee of the match. The Galician referee only showed his colleague the cut of the Madrid striker’s aggression and omitted the grab from the Valencian player. Said action was resolved by De Burgos Bengoetxea with the red card for Vinicius, while Hugo Duro came out unscathed. The RFEF understands Real Madrid’s discomfort over this error, but insists that the anti-racism protocol applied by the match official was impeccable.
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva will be on the VAR of the match between Betis and Getafe this Wednesday, but that will be his last game as referee assistant. His dismissal is not imminent, since his appointment had already been made before the Mestalla meeting.