WATCH: “Cheats and Freak” – Fans FUME over Vinicius Jr’s goal against Almeria, claiming it was ‘hand-ball’ as Real Madrid stage a comeback win

Fans questioned the decisions made by the referees during Real Madrid vs Almeria.


WATCH: “Cheats and Freak” – Fans FUME over Vinicius Jr’s goal against Almeria, claiming it was ‘hand-ball’ as Real Madrid stage a comeback win

Vinicius Jr.'s equalizer against Almeria generated a lot of controversy for an apparent handball. (Image via One Football and Rediff)

Real Madrid’s match against Almeria was marred by controversy as questionable referee decisions allowed the Los Blancos to avoid a potential home defeat. Fans were divided over VAR’s decision to not rule out Vinicius Jr‘s equalizer, despite an apparent handball.

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The Los Blancos experienced a sloppy start as they went 2-0 down against Almeria in the very first half of the match, following goals from Largie Ramazani and Edgar Gonzalez. f Almeria had maintained the lead, it would have marked their first season. However, the match ended with a 3-2 score in favor of the home side, owing to a few faulty refereeing decisions, that raised concerns. Despite the win briefly propelling Real to the top of the table, Girona later surpassed them.

Referees and VAR disallowed Almeria midfielder Sergio Arribas’ goal for a minor foul on Jude Bellingham. Conversely, VAR allowed Vinicius’ equalizing goal in the 67th minute, despite an apparent handball. Madrid’s second goal sparked controversy, as Vinicius appeared to use his upper arm to guide the ball into the net.

Initially disallowed by the on-field referee, the goal was later approved by video officials. A similar handball decision went in favor of the home side after Almeria defender Kaiky‘s handball, resulting in a penalty goal by Bellingham.

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While the Almeria players and managers expressed their displeasure at the referee calls made, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti expressed his support for the match officials, claiming that all three decisions were absolutely clear and correct.

Netizens react to Vincius Jr’s controversial goal against Almeria, VAR criticized

Internet users and football enthusiasts react to Vinicus Jr’s controversial handball goal in the 67th minute of the match against Almeria, which allowed them to bring scores level despite conceding two goals in the first half. Fans called out the errors made by the referee, claiming that they acted in a biased manner while making three VAR decisions.

Real Madrid vs Almeria
Real Madrid defeated Almeria 3-1 in a controversial encounter. (Image via 90Min)

One fan lamented the incident suggesting that the Brazilian forward could become the most disliked player in football history if he keeps up with his antics. Another fan claimed that Almeria was deprived of a win owing to faulty decisions by the referees.

Here are some of the fans’ reactions:

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A section of fans hilariously compared Vinicius Jr’s goal against Almeria to Argentine legend Diego Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal against England in the 1986 World Cup, where he pushed the ball into the net with his hand.

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