90% of La Liga refs support Real Madrid - former official

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90% of La Liga refs support Real Madrid - former official

Former referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez has claimed 90% of match officials in Spain support Real Madrid and the other 10% lean towards Barcelona.

Iturralde, who refereed almost 300 games in La Liga before retiring in 2012, said the fact so many people in the country support Madrid from a young age translates into the makeup of the league's referees.

"Around 90% go with Real and 10% with Barcelona," he told Cadena Ser when asked how many officials have a soft spot for Madrid or Barca. "Whether Barca [fans] like it or not, 70% of the Spanish population, excluding Catalonia, are Real Madrid supporters.

"There are more Barca fans these days because the younger generation has seen the trophies they won under [Pep] Guardiola. But before the 'Lionel Messi era,' how many people supported Madrid in Spain? About 70%?"

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."

Iturralde has previously said that most referees are Madrid fans, although he didn't name a percentage.

"The majority of referees are Real Madrid [supporters]," he said in 2014. "We don't come from Mars. You become a referee because you like football and there's no one that likes football that doesn't have a team.

"I'm lucky to have been born in Bilbao. Everyone is Athletic there. But in the rest of Spain, the majority are Real Madrid of Barcelona fans, because they're the teams that win. And that's how it is. And the majority are Real Madrid."

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