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Real Madrid have slammed the appointment of the referee of next week's game against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish giants are unhappy with the appointment of Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez for the Madrid derby, claiming he is biased against Real.

Real claim that Gonzalez Vazquez has been appointed after pressure from their opponents Atletico and that he is a self-confessed supporter of fierce rivals Barcelona.

"We now know the referee for next Saturday's game between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid," Real said on their website on Friday.

"Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez refereed Real Madrid against Villarreal last season, a game in which he clearly prejudiced the interests of the whites by making numerous errors, although that did not prevent a 2-1 victory for Madrid.

"At first Cesar Muniz Fernandez was going to referee the game, but following pressure from Atletico Madrid, Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez, a self-confessed fan of Barcelona and a man who is protected by the president of the Referees' Committee Victoriano Sanchez Armino, was chosen instead."

The attack on the appointment of the referee comes on the back of Real threatening to call for their 1-0 defeat at Espanyol to be overturned because they claimed the referee had blown his whistle moments before the winning goal was scored, before they eventually backed down.

Meanwhile, Real defender Alvaro Mejia has called on the club to let him go when the transfer window reopens.

The 23-year-old is unhappy with his lack of first team action at El Santiago Bernabeu with the arrival of Sergio Ramos and the return to fitness of Jonathan Woodgate pushing him down the pecking order.

Mejia is unhappy at how he has been treated by the club and insists he has no alternative but to leave.

"I need to find a way out," said Mejia. "I'm in a difficult situation and there are four central defenders ahead of me.

"I'm young, I've got a lot to learn and this situation isn't good for me or the club."

"At first when (Walter) Samuel left the club they asked me to stay and fight for a place.

"But the doors were closed to me when Sergio Ramos arrived and Woodgate recovered. I wanted to leave and look for games elsewhere but the club didn't allow it.

"I would have liked to have been treated differently in terms of the fact that I have not received any explanation from any member of the coaching staff."