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LaLiga: Former official claims 90 per cent of referees support Real Madrid, 10 per cent Barcelona

SPAIN – Ex-referee, Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez, has claimed 90 per cent of match officials in Spain lean towards Real Madrid and the remaining 10 per cent support Barcelona.

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Iturralde refereed almost 300 matches in LaLiga before retiring in 2012.

According to him, a lot of people support Madrid from a young age, including most of the match officials.

“Around 90 per cent go with Real and 10% with Barcelona. Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70 per cent of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters.

“Personally, I don’t care about one or the other. I’m Athletic [Bilbao]. Everyone knows that I am Athletic, but I would go against them to try and be fair,” Gonzalez told Cadena Ser.

Barcelona have won 96 titles in their history, while Madrid have 94.

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