Atletico president Cerezo: Madrid's moaning a waste of energy

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos both felt that the performance of referee Undiano Mallenco at the Santiago Bernabeu was evidence of a conspiracy against Los Blancos
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has advised Real Madrid's players to stop moaning about the officiating in Sunday's Clasico loss to Barcelona, claiming that they are doing nothing other than wasting their own time and energy.

Despite winning and converting a penalty given for a Dani Alves foul that took place outside the area, Cristiano Ronaldo launched a scathing attack on Undiano Mallenco after the game, claiming that the referee, who awarded the Blaugrana two spot-kicks, was "not at the required level".

The Portuguese also hinted at a conspiracy against Madrid, a claim that was supported by team-mate Sergio Ramos, who declared the official's decisions - which included his dismissal for a professional foul - were "pre-meditated".

However, Cerezo, whose side now top the Liga table on account of their superior head-to-head record against Madrid, feels both players would be better of focusing their attention on Wednesday's game at Sevilla.

“Moaning about something which cannot be changed is just a waste of energy – nothing can be done about what happened," the Rojiblancos supremo told Radio Marca.

"I watched last night’s game between Madrid and Barca and if it was difficult for the viewing public to see exactly what happened, how can you start blaming the referee?

"Even after watching the replays, it wasn’t clear.

"On the whole, though, the referees usually get these decisions right."

Meanwhile, Cerezo felt that Barcelona star Lionel Messi once again proved himself the finest player on the planet with his Clasico hat-trick.

“Messi is the best in the world – on the pitch and off it, for how he conducts himself," he stated before jokingly correcting himself. "Of course that’s discounting Atleti’s players, who, in fact, are the best in the world!"