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Real Madrid Broke UEFA Rules in the Champions League Semifinal

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Real Madrid apparently broke UEFA’s rules during Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team was the most creative in creating chances, but it was Bayern Munich who took the lead after 68 minutes of play.

Here, Harry Kane passed the ball to Alphonso Davies, who managed to send the ball into the net, leaving Andriy Lunin in the Real Madrid goal with no chance.

The Madrid team thought they had equalized in the 72nd minute when Nacho scored, but after a VAR review, the goal was disallowed due to a foul in the buildup to the goal.

However, UEFA’s protocols were allegedly violated during the VAR check, as a replay of the incident was shown on the big screen at Santiago Bernabeu, according to several English media outlets.

Although the goal was overturned, Real Madrid managed to turn the match around, and they are now through to the Champions League final after a 2-1 victory.

UEFA’s own rules in this area stipulate the following:

  • VAR replays must not be shown on the big screen unless UEFA decides otherwise.
  • Simultaneous replays of the match may only be shown by the press. The results of other matches can be displayed on the scoreboard and/or big screen during the game.

These rules were introduced to minimize pressure on the refereeing team, but they were apparently not adhered to in the Spanish capital on Wednesday evening.

With the aggregate win of 4-3, Real Madrid advances to the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, which will be played on June 1st at Wembley.

A massive refereeing error led to Bayern Munich having a goal disallowed, which would have made the score 2-2, scored by Matthijs de Ligt. This infuriated both the players and the coaching staff, and the match referee has since apologized for the decision.

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