Real Madrid maintain media silence ahead of Real Sociedad clash

Real Madrid have refused to hold a pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday's Primera Division contest against Real Sociedad in protest against recent refereeing decisions.

Apart from Marcelo, no player from Madrid has addressed the media following the 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Wednesday, in which Los Blancos were very critical of the standard of refereeing.

Sergio Ramos and Mesut Ozil saw red at El Madrigal, while Jose Mourinho and fitness coach Rui Faria were sent to the stands during the match.

Madrid will hold one last training session before this weekend's match on Friday, but cameras will not be allowed as the team will practice behind closed doors.

The Santiago Bernabeu outfit will be looking to end a two-match winless streak, which has seen Barcelona close the gap at the top of the Liga table to six points.

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