Barcelona defender Gerard Pique thinks Real Madrid is being helped by the referees. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos thinks Pique should mind his own business.
Pique helped Barcelona earn a difficult 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid on Sunday, then watched Madrid erase a two-goal deficit in a controversial 3-2 win at Villarreal, which complained of the refereeing.
Pique hinted on social media that Madrid was being benefited, posting stories mentioning refereeing mistakes that went against Barcelona and some that favoured Madrid.
“Against the same teams, eight points,” he wrote, making an apparent reference to the difference in points caused by the alleged mistakes in games involving Madrid and Barcelona.
He made sure the stories came from media outlets in Madrid to “leave no doubt” about the claims.
The stories posted by Pique mention a goal he scored but was mistakenly disallowed for offside, and a Ramos goal that was not annulled even though he was offside.
Ramos said the accusation was expected from the outspoken Pique.
“It would surprise me if it came from (Lionel) Messi,” Ramos said. “But from Pique, we already know him, we won’t get caught up in that. We will mind our own business, which is to win every match and secure the league title.
“Everyone has to stick to their own problems. Fortunately we only depend on ourselves. We are focused on improving and on doing what we have to do.”
“The referees try to be fair and sometimes they’ll benefit you and sometimes they’ll hurt you,” Ramos said.
Madrid is trying to win its first league title since 2012.
Barcelona, which has lifted three league trophies since then, trailed Madrid by as many as six points this season.
Third-place Sevilla, seeking its first league title since 1946, is three points off the lead. Fourth-place Atletico, which last won the league in 2014, is 10 points behind its city rival.
“Whoever thinks that Barcelona will throw in the towel and that Madrid has already won it with nine or 10 rounds to go, doesn’t know a lot of football,” Ramos said. “It’s going to be very difficult.”