The 32 refereeing decisions which have gone in Madrid's favour this season

Lluís Mascaró

Real Madrid lead the way in La Liga, one point clear of Sevilla and two ahead of FC Barcelona, thanks in part to the help they have had from officials so far this season. 

Los Blancos, who also have a game in hand against Valencia (postponed due to the Club World Cup) have benefitted from errors in 13 of their 18 league games to date. 

It's also happened in the Copa del Rey and even in European competitions, such as the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and the Champions League. In total they've received 32 favourable decisions. Coincidence?

Here is an exhaustive look at all the decisions which have favoured Madrid in 2016-2017, competition by competition.


Jornada 1. Real Sociedad-Real Madrid. Result: 0-3

Penalty not given against Carvajal with Madrid leading 0-1.

Jornada 2. Real Madrid-Celta. Result: 2-1

Morata offside when making it 1-0

Jornada 3. Real Madrid-Osasuna. Result: 5-2

Cristiano Ronaldo offside when making it 1-0. 

Morata offside in build up to Modric goal which made it 5-0. 

Osasuna goal incorrectly ruled out at 5-1. 

Jornada 4. Espanyol-Real Madrid. Result: 0-2

Sergi Ramos let off clear red card at 0-0

Penalty not given against Pepe at 0-1

Penalti not given against Sergio Ramos at 0-1

Jornada 5. Real Madrid-Villarreal. Result: 1-1

Sergio Ramos foul before equaliser. 

Jornada 10. Alavés-Real Madrid. Result: 1-4

Cristiano Ronaldo equalised (1-1) with a penalty which wasn't. 

Jornada 12. Atlético-Real Madrid. Result: 0-3

Cristiano Ronaldo made it 0-2 with a penalty which wasn't.

Jornada13. Real Madrid-Sporting. Result: 2-1

Lucas Vázquez dive for penalty to make it 1-0

Jornada 14. FC Barcelona-Real Madrid. Result: 1-1

Penalty not given against Carvajal.

Sergio Ramos foul before equaliser

Jornada 15. Real Madrid-Deportivo. Result: 3-2

Ramos let off a red card again before scoring

Jornada 17. Real Madrid-Granada. Result: 5-0

Foul by Isco at 1-0

Benzema offside at 2-0

Granada goal incorrectly ruled out

Jornada 18. Sevilla-Real Madrid. Result: 2-1

Penalty won by Carvajal which wasn't to make it 0-1

Cristiano Ronaldo let off a red card 

Jornada 19. Real Madrid-Málaga. Result: 2-1

Sergio Ramos offside when making it 2-0


Final. Real Madrid-Sevilla. Result: 3-2

Sergio Ramos offside when making it 2-2


Jornada 1. Real Madrid-Sporting Lisboa. Result: 2-1

Cristiano Ronaldo equalised from free-kick which should not have been given

Jornada 2. Borussia Dortmund-Real Madrid. Result: 2-2

Clear handball by Cristiano Ronaldo not given

Jornada 3. Real Madrid-Legia. Result: 5-1

Danilo offside in build up to Asensio goal which made it 3-1

Penalty not given against Asensio 

Jornada 4. Legia-Real Madrid. Result: 3-3

Penalty not given against Coentrao 

Penalty not given against Carvajal

Jornada 5. Sporting Lisboa-Real Madrid. Result: 1-2

Joao Pereira sent off after feigning from Kovacic


Final. Real Madrid-Kashima. Result: 4-2

Sergio Ramos let off a red card


Last 16 first leg. Real Madrid-Sevilla. Result: 3-0

Morata foul in the build up to Varane making it 2-0

James scores penalty which shouldn't have been given (3-0)

In this extensive list, put together with information from @alinavarro88, @granairascible and @LaLigaReferees, all the decisions which have benefitted Madrid can be seen. Of course not all have had a direct impact on results, but it shows this season's trend: if in doubt, the referees whistle in favour of Zinedine Zidane's side.


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