'Gentleman' Carlo Ancelotti slammed for 'ugly habit' with Real Madrid this season
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been called out for an “ugly habit” he has been doing in football matches, despite being lauded as a “gentleman.”
Ancelotti’s men secured an important three points on Saturday at El Sadar to keep them in the La Liga title race with league leaders Barcelona.
Goals from Federico Valverde and Marco Asensio in the second half sealed a 2-0 win against Osasuna, with Madrid currently eight points adrift from Barcelona.
However, Ancelotti was spotted during the break and after the full-time whistle confronting the match official in Madrid’s away win.
The Los Blancos head coach has pulled no punches this season, with Ancelotti losing his cool with the match official in Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Girona at home last October.
Ancelotti was furious with the decision to award a penalty for Girona, which substitute Cristhian Stuani successfully converted to snatch a point for his side.
The 63-year-old’s comments at the time sparked reports that he could face a four-match ban, with Ancelotti claiming the referee ‘made up’ the penalty decision.
According to Football Espana, Cadena SER’s Antonio Romero took issue with Ancelotti’s “ugly habit” of confronting referees in the middle of the pitch.
“I think that Carlo Ancelotti is a gentleman, but he is taking on the ugly habit of going out to the middle of the pitch to talk with the referee,” he said after the Osasuna match.
“Ancelotti doesn’t have to go out and talk, even if it’s in a polite way.
“And I say polite, because the referee is holding the dialogue, and I sense that if Ancelotti comes and he doesn’t do it politely, he has to kick him out.”
Dani Garrido added: “He came out visibly upset because he was very annoyed, and again he sticks out his finger.”