I think its safe to say that we all collectively groaned when Eduardo Iturralde González, the author of the infamous “longest’ yellow card in Liga history, was announced as the referee for the first Clasico of the season. But five goals, 12 yellow cards, and one ejection later I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Still, questions remain: Why wasn’t Ricardo Carvalho given a red card for impeding a clear goal scoring opportunity with his hand; why was Madrid defender Álvaro Arbeloa allowed to remain on the pitch despite his horrific fouls on Messi. Closer to home: should Madrid have been awarded a penalty for Valdez’s foul on Ronaldo early in the game [as the Madrid media are claiming]?
Sound off in the comments with your impressions of the officiating in this historic match!