Scarf and fear of arbitration appointment

Valencianism has said ‘enough is enough’. To Peter Lim and also to the arbitral body. The fans feel very harmed by the refereeing that the team has received in recent seasons. The behavior of the main referee Alberola Rojas and his assistant in the VAR Jaime Latre during the last game against Barcelona has exhausted the patience of the Valencian fans. Franck Kessié’s no penalty on Fran Pérez has made the fans explode And it continues to fuel suspicions of arbitration persecution since the club took the RFEF to court for the 2020 Spanish Super Cup.

The black and white fans feel mistreated by the arbitration team and have taken action with official statements and, from now on, with mobilizations. L’Agrupació de Penyes has summoned the Valencianistas to make a scarf when the initial whistle occurs in Valencia-Osasuna on Saturday in Mestalla. «We want to summon all Valencianism to present an unforgettable and massive scarf to the refereeing establishment after the initial whistle for their continued errors against our Valencia. Enough already!», said l’Agrupació. The supporters clubs want to dye the stands white to protest against the treatment of Valencia by the referees. The numbers prove it. According to the arbitration analysis, Valencia is the most affected team in LaLiga due to the decisions made from the VOR room. Video arbitration has stolen 8 points from the Valencian team. Figures that would leave the team eleventh in the championship with 31 points instead of nineteenth with 23 as currently.

Valencianism exploded with indignation after the “robbery”, as SUPER headlined, from Camp Noor. The platforms raised their voices and issued a series of statements against the RFEF and the arbitration body. Libertad VCF presented a formal complaint to the RFEF with a copy to the CSD (Superior Sports Council) as a protest against the arbitration injustices. “Enough already! We feel harmed by the arbitrations against Valencia, we ask for equality criteria for all and that the referees act the same with all the teams. Does VAR really help football? We ask LaLiga and RFEF to reflect,” said the clubs. The Association of the Small Shareholder of Valencia went further and expressed its intention to transmit to a law firm the possibility of a “demand” against Luis Rubiales as president of the RFEF and Medina Cantalejo as head of the arbitrators.

Cover of Superdeporte of March 6, 2023

The demanding voices of the fans contrast with the institutional silence of the club. Valencia has been silent in response since Sunday and has not issued any official statement denouncing the injustice of the Camp Nou. Only the lukewarm protest of the Technical Director Miguel Ángel Corona in which he described the play as a “manifest error” and did not confirm that the club was going to ask for explanations. “We believe that the best thing is to continue competing,” he said to the despair of many Valencianists.

Osasuna does complain about the serious arbitration rulings

Meanwhile, Osasuna protests in a very different way from Valencia. Saturday’s rival published a statement in which the rojillo club requested clarification from the Technical Committee of Referees for Abde’s disallowed goal in the last match against Celta de Vigo and demanded greater precision from the VAR. “There has been a serious error in the use of technology that has significantly harmed Osasuna, the club strongly demands that the application of these tools be carried out with the necessary rigor in a top-level competition like LaLiga”.

And now that? The protests from Valencia and Osasuna’s formal complaint have considerably increased the pressure on the referee on Saturday. The two clubs will know this Thursday the appointments of the CTA for matchday 25. The club is concerned about the election of the Technical Committee of Referees after the latest precedents. The team is playing for relegation to the second division and any extra-sporting error could sink Rubén Baraja and his young players even more.

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