Real ref rage after derby deadlock
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
An incident-packed game saw the match official award three penalties, and send two players off in what was the first league clash between the two for three years.
However, Spanish international Casillas has claimed the referee favoured Atletico, and ended up trying to equal out his decisions.
"He (the referee) was bad - above all for Real Madrid - and then, aware of his errors he tried to level things," said the Real custodian.
"He lost control after the first couple of challenges and then for the penalties he blew in our favour.
"What's more, the sending-off of Helguera seemed excessive, because he didn't go in with the intention of hurting him (Javi Moreno)."
Casillas also insisted that Real deserved to win the match, branding the last-gasp draw "bad luck".
He added: "The last action (equalising goal) was bad luck and came from an unjust free-kick."
Real team-mate Michel Salgado agreed that Atletico's equaliser should never have stood.
"It's better not to talk about the referee," said the former Celta defender.
"He was going to blow the final whistle, and then he gave a foul against us, which if anything should have been called a foul on Figo for us."
The Portuguese superstar also joined the ranks of 'meringues' to berate referee Ibanez.
"Neither ourselves nor Atletico were happy with him," said Figo.
Atletico striker Javi Moreno did back the official for his decision to send Ivan Helguera for an early bath however.
Helguera was dismissed for a clumsy challenge from behind on the former Alaves hit-man after just twelve minutes, and Moreno insists that the defender had set out to injure him.
Moreno said: "I knew that he was coming for me because in a previous challenge he had said something to me."
Moreno added that he believed the referee had done his best in what was always going to be a volatile encounter.
"The referee tried to do the best he could, but we (the players) also have to try and help him."