Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has downplayed the conspiracy theory that the referee appointed to officiate the club's upcoming El Clasico match against Barcelona on Saturday, Carlos Clos Gomez, favours the Camp Nou club over Los Blancos.
Clos Gomez was appointed the official last month but immediately attracted headlines in Spain because of his record when it comes to refereeing Barcelona games (17 wins and three draws against no defeats).
When in charge of Real Madrid games, Los Blancos have seen 19 wins against five draws and four defeats.
Zidane, though, suspects no foul play: "I believe he is going to do his best to make sure the game is played well, that's all."
As quoted by Marca, Zidane continued: "That's what I need to think, since I cannot believe a referee will help one team or another. We need to prepare the game well - that's what I am interested in doing."
Clos Gomez, 44, has, though, come to blows with a former Real Madrid manager as he sent Jose Mourinho off in a notorious December, 2010 match against Sevilla. Mourinho later lambasted the 44-year-old for making "13 mistakes."
Real Madrid are on a 31-game unbeaten run and are reveling under the tutelage of Santiago Bernabeu legend Zidane and, should they triumph on Saturday, they will open up a nine point gap over Barcelona.
The last time Real traveled to the Camp Nou they left the pitch with a 2-1 win despite having a player sent off.
Gerard Pique got Barcelona in front after converting an Ivan Rakitic pass in the 56th minute, however, Karim Benzema equalised five minutes later before a Cristiano Ronaldo winner. Sergio Ramos was given his marching orders after a second bookable offence late in the second half.