The 17-minute expulsion of Freuler from Atalanta-Real Madrid (0-1) has generated controversy and debate. Some think that as long as Mendy was quite heeled and it was not a straightforward opportunity to score, the referee’s decision was more than questionable. Fabio Capello is one of those who believe that Stieler could not have shown red in the Italian team’s defense.
The game was ruined by the referee because he was not the last guy and (Mendy) was going out as well. It was colored yellow. It would have been nice if Atalanta had been able to play a game as important as Real on equal terms,” said the Italian, who goes further: “Zidane was still unbelieving. Have you seen how he was laughing? Atalanta has had bad luck, but in Madrid, there is a game. It can happen. A goal must be scored and not conceded.”