Cadiz defender Fali admits striking Rodrygo Goes during last night’s defeat to Real Madrid.
However, he insists the referee was right not to send him off.
He told El Larguero: “In the end it is true that I did hit him. He says it’s an elbow and I tell him no. I try to stop him and try to grab him. If the VAR sees it and gives me a yellow card, I see it well.
“In this action maybe I went a little too far. The truth is that I give him enough. It’s not to hurt him. The still image seems to be more than it is. I try to grab his head. He says I nudge him and say no.”
On Vinicius Jr, Fali continued: “I’m not going to say the name, but there is a player who disrespects me. There are certain limits that cannot be exceeded. I have tried to stop him, he has escaped me and I have tried to catch him. I’m sorry about that. I’m surprised that Rodrygo says that because we’ve been talking quietly in the changing rooms.
“Just as I say about Rodrygo that he’s a good boy, I’m not going to say anything about Vinícius. I prefer not to say anything. A club like Real Madrid must control certain attitudes. We have to respect a little more because we are partners.”