ZIDANE ON FELIPE HANDBALL: WE KNOW THE REFEREES HAVE A TOUGH JOB.

Zinedine Zidane has refused to give his opinion on the decision not to award a penalty to Real Madrid in the first half of the derby against Atletico Madrid.

Referee  Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez didn’t reverse his decision after looking at a supposed handball by Felipe on the pitchside screen.

“As always, I’m not getting involved,” Zidane said when asked by the media about the decision.

“We know they [referees] have a tough job. We have to respect the decision and that’s it.

“We know that, in any way, it’s difficult. We can’t get involved in that. It’s the referee’s responsibility.

“The players were saying it was handball, but the referee said it wasn’t.”

Karim Benzema’s late equaliser cancelled out Luis Suarez’s opener at the Wanda Metropolitano, though it wasn’t enough to move Real Madrid back above Barcelona in the table.

“The first half was theirs and the second was ours,” Zidane said on the game.

“In the end, the good and most important thing is to have a second half like we did.

“Our goal is to keep going.

“We know there’s a long way to go and we’re going to fight until the end. Things can always change.

“We know that we can improve. The most important thing was playing better in the second half.”