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La Liga News: 1 March 2017; Lucas Hernandez Handed Community Service, Valencia Win

Club Atletico de Madrid v Las Palmas - Copa del Rey: Round of 16 Second Leg Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid at the centre of La Liga's latest refereeing controversy and row | ESPN
Real Madrid's 3-2 win at Villarreal last weekend has led to an unfortunate debate about bias in refereeing in La Liga -- while also allowing just a glimpse at deeper battles around who really controls what within Spanish football. Barcelona's 2-1 win at Atletico Madrid earlier on Sunday sent the Catalan side top of the table, and they seemed set to stay there after Villarreal went 2-0 up early in the second half at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

Atleti's Lucas handed community service | Football Espana
Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez will carry out 31 days of community service over charges of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. His former girlfriend Amelia Lorente was also handed the same punishment.

Villarreal and Fran Escriba put an end to Real Madrid refereeing saga | ESPN
Villarreal and their head coach Fran Escriba came out to put an end to the refereeing saga that has escalated in the wake of their 3-2 loss to Real Madrid at home on Sunday. The home team took a 2-0 lead in the second half with goals from Manu Trigueros and Cedric Bakambu before Gareth Bale reduced the deficit.

Real Sociedad drop points late vs. Eibar; Mangala goal paces Valencia | ESPN
Pedro Leon scored in stoppage time as Eibar twice fought back from behind to draw 2-2 at Real Sociedad in La Liga on Tuesday night. Juanmi gave the hosts the lead and was sent off for a second bookable offence at 1-1, after Gonzalo Escalante had equalised.

Valencia name Alesanco sporting director | Football Espana
Jose Ramon Alesanco has been confirmed as Valencia’s new sporting director following predecessor Jesus Garcia Pitarch’s resignation in January. The 60-year-old Alesanco – who also coaches the club’s academy - was named as Pitarch’s temporary placement but has now assumed the role on a full-time basis.

Betis set for Chinese takeover bid? | Football Espana
A Chinese conglomerate is considering launching an ambitious €160m takeover bid for La Liga club Real Betis, according to reports in Spain. A report from Canal Sur radio stated an unidentified consortium was weighing up the possibility of investing in the Seville-based club following a recent trip by chief executive Ramon Alarcon to the Far East in search of increased sponsorship deals.

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