How many controversial situations did the Roma – Liverpool spectacle offer us?
The judging and the theme of the introduction of VAR technology in the Champions League matches was back again after the spectacular rematch of the semi-finals of the tournament between Roma and Liverpool (4: 2). The hosts have serious reasons to consider themselves wronged because of the two apparent penalties for penalties that have remained undecided. In the first situation at the 49th minute, One Jack was stumbling from Loris Karius in the penalty area, but the side referee had raised his flag, marking the attack of the striker. However, repetitions have shown that there is no such thing. In the second – in the 63rd minute, Trent Alexander-Arnold halted the ball after a shot by Stefan El Shaarawi. Somehow no one in the judging brigade saw this violation. The game by hand is obvious, but the situation offers another occasion for discussion. From the Roma camp, they insist that in addition to a penalty, Liverpool’s right back was supposed to get a direct red card. However, this is not the case if we refer to the change of the so-called rule. “triple punishment,” which was introduced from June 1, 2016, but is still forgotten by many. According to the correction, the triple penalty in question, including a penalty shootout, red card display and subsequent suspension of the player’s rights, is not necessary and the player who has prevented a goal opportunity receives only a yellow card unless:
– no pushing, pulling or holding
– the player does not even try or have any real opportunity to play with the ball
– the violation is rude enough to be sanctioned with a red card regardless of the situation
– a deliberate game with a hand
It is hardly the action of Alexander-Arnold to fall into one of these categories, so it is difficult to speak of his expulsion.
Roma’s claims are clear to everyone, and situations are much easier to read (not for Skomina and not his assistants). What, however, were the guests’ claims? According to Liverpool fans, the team had to get a penalty at the very beginning when Sadio Mane was pushed into the penalty area by Costas Manollas, whose hands were on the back of the Senegalese. At One Gecko’s goal in the 52nd minute, the Bosnian was ambushed at the time of El Shaarawy’s strike, which was beaten by Karius, and Jacko made the addition for 2: 2. The situation is very thin, but in the presence of VAR this goal will not be considered, continue with the Anfield counter-arguments. In the 76th minute, Alessandro Florenczi stumbles into Mane’s legs, a defeat which, according to Merseyside supporters, deserves a red card. In the 88th minute the ball meets Raja Ningolan’s hand in the penalty area. Here Skomina does not judge anything, but in the added time he gives a rather controversial penalty for Roma for the identical offense of Ragnar Clown.
So the controversial situations happen for quite a match, which otherwise offered a great spectacle and emotions. Here are more pictures of them that will help you decide on how correct the decisions were.