James Rodriguez's mother makes her feeling on Real Madrid-Bayern Munich ref clear
James Rodriguez was graceful after Bayern Munich's Champions League semifinal elimination at the hands of his parent club Real Madrid on Tuesday but the same could not be said for his mother.
Pilar Rubio Gomez, watched as her son's Bayern team drew 2-2 on Tuesday at Real Madrid to lose 4-3 on aggregate and offered her opinion about the refereeing on social media.
Bayern demanded a penalty before half-time, with the score at 1-1, after Real Madrid's Marcelo touched Joshua Kimmich's cross with his hand in the area but Turkish referee Cuneyt Çakir did not see the infraction.
James, who joined Bayern last summer on a two-year loan from Madrid, admitted after the game he did not see Marcelo's handball as he was "far away" but, as the saying goes, a mother understands what a child does not say. Pilar Rubio Gomez, indeed, got a clear look at the handball and took to Twitter to complain.
She tweeted during the game, with a pointed choice of emoji: "If that wasn't a handball what was it then? Very difficult like this."
Y si no fue mano que fue? muy difícil así 🤷🏻♀️💩— PILAR RUBIO GOMEZ (@MARJAJUA) May 1, 2018
It continued to bother her and she later added: "Each time I see the replay it's as though a rock hits me."
Cada vez que veo esa repetición me da una piedra 🤬🤬— PILAR RUBIO GOMEZ (@MARJAJUA) May 1, 2018
Bayern players also requested another penalty after a Sergio Ramos tackle on Robert Lewandowski in the 52nd minute.
The German giants had gone into the game on the back of a 2-1 first leg defeat at the Allianz Arena, where fans, including James' mother, felt they should also have been awarded two penalties after Madrid defender Dani Carvajal twice fouled Lewandowski.
She tweeted: "Four penalties in two games. Definitely the referees played a key part."
4 penales es dos partidos...😅😅— PILAR RUBIO GOMEZ (@MARJAJUA) May 1, 2018
La figuras de esta llave los árbitros definitivamente...💩💩— PILAR RUBIO GOMEZ (@MARJAJUA) May 1, 2018
James' mother was so annoyed that she forgot to praise her son when he scored his team's second in the 63rd minute and later received an ovation from the Bernabeu stadium crowd when he was substituted six minutes from time.
She did give credit to Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who made eight saves on the night to help Los Blancos reach their third straight Champions League final.
La gente por que tan enojada...el que sabe lo mínimo de fútbol asi sea madridista sabe que fueron 4 penales en 2 partidos 🤷🏻♀️.... y una mención especial para keylor Navas 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼— PILAR RUBIO GOMEZ (@MARJAJUA) May 1, 2018
She wrote: "People are so annoyed...those who know the minimum about football, even if they are madridista, know that it was 4 penalties in two games... a special mention to Keylor Navas."
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.