Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has hit out at La Liga officials following a controversial penalty decision that allowed Real Madrid to overcome a two-goal deficit to beat Villarreal on Sunday.
Manuel Trigueros gave the hosts the lead at Estadio de la Ceramica before Cedric Bakambu doubled their lead, only for Zinedine Zidane's men to stage a dramatic comeback.
Gareth Bale, making his first start in three months following an injury, pulled one back with a header on the hour-mark.
Then, with the ball being moved quickly around the Villarreal penalty box, it struck the arm of Bruno Soriano and Real were awarded the spot-kick, much to the frustration of the home side.
Cristiano Ronaldo converted the resulting penalty, making him the all-time leading penalty scorer in La Liga history, with Alvaro Morata scoring the winner late in the game.
The three points moved Real back above Barcelona in the Liga table, who had beaten Atletico Madrid earlier in the day, which caused Barca centre-back Pique to take to social media.
"Against the same teams. 8 points. Those clips are from the Madrid press, if you doubted," Pique posted on Twitter, sharing headlines from AS that said a goal against Malaga was poorly disallowed, while a second article from the same outlet read that a goal given to Sergio Ramos when Los Blancos faced Malaga should've been called back for offside.
And with Marca's headline about Sunday's controversial penalty said that the spot-kick given should not have been called, the article from Barca's clash with the same side indicates a handball from Bruno should've been given. After that match, a January draw against the Yellow Submarine, Pique gestured seemed to gesture toward La Liga president Javier Tebas and stood by his critisicm after the match.
The Catalan's criticism didn't come as any shock to Ramos.
"It would've surprised me if Messi had put it," Ramos told reporters in the mixed zone after Sunday's match. "We all know how Pique is."
Madrid hold a one-point lead over Barca in La Liga and have a game in hand yet to play.