Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal lashed out last night after his side were controversially knocked out of the Champions League at the quarter-final stages by Real Madrid 6-3 on aggregate.
The Bavarians had clawed their way back from a 2-1 first leg deficit, but six minutes from time, Vidal was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for a seemingly legitimate tackle.
The performance of the officiating team deteriorated from there, as they allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to score twice in extra time, despite both his goals being clearly offside.
— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) April 18, 2017
So incensed were midfielder Vidal and his teammates, that he, Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara actually burst into the referee's dressing room and began abusing the Hungarian and his linesmen. Their tirade continued until Spanish police arrived to forcibly remove the three men from the area.
The Bavarians had taken the lead on the night thanks to a Robert Lewandowski penalty and Sergio Ramos own goal, but ultimately came up short when referee Victor Kassai decided he would rather decide the outcome of this monumental clash than the players.
Speaking to Marca after the match, Vidal was evidently livid, describing Madrid's victory as a 'robbery' and insinuating possible biases against his team.
"This robbery cannot happen in the Champions League, it was clearly noticeable and it starts to make you doubt [the game] a bit. We wanted to qualify and this gives us a lot of rage, that a match of such intensity can be decided by the referee.
"He was very wrong and that has knocked us out of Europe. When they embarrass you in this way it's very strong and it creates a lot of rage. "
Real's victory means they have now qualified for seven consecutive Champions League semi-finals. They advanced to the next round alongside city rivals Atletico, who beat English champions Leicester City 2-1 on aggregate.