Fans and commentators can't work out why Angel Correa was sent off in the Madrid derby
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Derby clashes are often filled with heated moments and the odd red card - but one sending of during Saturday's La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid left even the commentators stunned.
The game itself ended in a 1-1 draw, with late goals by Jose Maria Gimenez and Alvaro ensuring that both sides shared the points.
However, late drama aside, much of the post-match talk concerned the red card that Atletico forward Angel Correa picked up on the hour mark.
The incident saw Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudiger drop to the ground clutching his chest as Mario Hermoso went to take a throw-in.
As you might expect, the off-the-ball incident was reviewed by VAR, and subsequently by referee Jesus Gil Manzano on the pitch-side monitor.
To the dismay of even the commentators, Correa was shown a straight red card for seemingly elbowing the former Chelsea defender. Check out the moment for yourself below.
A straight red card for Angel Correa who just came on as a half time substitute and was deemed to have elbowed Rudiger by the referee 🟥— Watch Rangers v Celtic live on Viaplay 🏆 (@ViaplaySportsUK) February 25, 2023
"For me, this is not a red card. It's not even a yellow card!" 🎙@LaLigaTV pic.twitter.com/h9sKpaiOZY
Former Real Madrid star Steve McManaman, providing co-commentary for the host broadcaster, stated while analysing the incident: “There’s nothing in that. How can you give a red card for that?
"Rudiger goes down as if he’s been punched by the heavyweight champion of the world.”
The reaction on social media was broadly similar, with many left shocked by Rudiger's theatics.
One Twitter user commented: "absolute joke of a decision that."
A second person added: "Yellow at best, taking the mick in La Liga", while a third wrote, "that's a yellow what a joke."
Eagle-eyed viewers spotted Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone's immediate reaction to the game-changing moment.
The Argentine appeared to make a gesture illustrating the massive size difference between Correa and Rudiger to show how much the German play-acted.
The 1-1 draw does very little to help Real in their quest to defend the La Liga title, with Barcelona currently sitting on a seven point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand over their great rivals.
Xavi's men travel to Almeria on Sunday with the chance to extend their lead, before they meet Los Blancos on Thursday for the Copa del Rey Semi-final first leg.
Its a defining period for both of the giants of Spanish football, who meet three times in just over a month.
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Topics: Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, La Liga, Real Madrid, Football