Sergio Ramos has mentioned refereeing decision in his post-match comments following the 1-0 defeat to Real Betis.
Heading into the game, pressure was firmly on the home side to get all three points with Barcelona beating Eibar 6-1 at the Camp Nou on Tuesday to further strengthen their hold in the La Liga table.
And, the returning Cristiano Ronaldo added an extra edge to Zinedine Zidane’s starting eleven.
Madrid dominated the game for large spells, but a number of wasted chances saw them head into the half time break on level terms with Quique Setien’s side.
With the game edging towards the final whistle, Betis began to have more of the ball and it was a move that involved 19 passes that allowed former Barcelona youngster Antonio Sanabria to scored an unlikely winner.
And, Ramos has spoke about how the club must stop discussing referees following the defeat, before adding that official favour bitter rivals Barcelona.
“The refereeing gets worse the more we talk about it,” Ramos is quoted by Marca.
“No, I’m not surprised we don’t have penalties awarded in our favour although they do for Barcelona…but we need to respect the officials.
“Although we wouldn’t be talking about this if we scored three goals and we’ve endured a frustrating start, but we must not panic despite the table.
“We need to self-criticise and look to improve, as they are usually games we’ve had more success in.
“This is the same group of players who won the (Spanish and European) titles only a few months ago and we must not make any excuses.”
Sanabria’s goal silenced the Bernabeu and sees Betis climb to sixth in the table, whilst Madrid have failed to win at home this season.
It was the first time Betis had beaten Madrid away since Finidi George scored in a 1-0 win in October 1998 and it also put an end to Real’s run of 73 successive games scoring a goal.