LIGUE 1 – Favre, Baticle and Garcia angry at arbitration

I reviewed the images, for me it’s not a red card“. This statement could be that of a coach angry at having lost and holding the referee responsible. Yet these words were spoken by victorious Philippe Clément, after Monaco’s 3-0 victory in Reims, at the time to analyze the red received by Reims defender Bradley Locko, who, after sending a long arrow forward from his half of the field, dropped his crampon on the ankle of Breel Embolo, at the dry cleaners. looked.”He’s a player (Lockoo) who shoots the ball and in the movement he touches my player (Embolo), describes Clement. It can happen, it’s not a red card“.

This eighth day of Ligue 1 certainly did not break red card records, as was the case at the end of August. But three expulsions were enough to piss off three different coaches. At the start of the championship tinged with red, for some technicians, the expulsions of this Sunday, too fast or too severe, were too many.

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“The referee killed the game” fumed Oscar Garcia, the coach of Reims. Not unhappy with the start of his team’s match against Monaco, the Spaniard believes that the numerical inferiority from the 22nd minute upset the scenario for the fourth time in six games : “We showed a very nice face but in the end, playing ten for 75 minutes is always complicated“. In the end, it is above all misunderstanding that reigns: “I don’t know why we didn’t use the VARGarcia continued. It’s not the first time, we have been penalized several times. In my opinion they (the referees) make us pay something, but I don’t know what. “

But the Rémois is not the only one to ask questions. Lucien Favre, his counterpart on the Nice bench, was also in the dark after his 1-0 defeat at home against Angers. Nine seconds after kick-off, his central defender Jean-Clair Todibo cut off the run of a thrown Abdallah Sima. Without hesitation, Bastien Dechepy, the referee of the meeting, revealed the former Barcelonan in the position of last defender, which was largely debatable. The sanction was therefore immediate: red card. The fastest since Opta analyzed Ligue 1.

After the meeting, Favre was furious: “I see that the referee shows the red card a tenth of a second after the foul. It’s way too fast. There is still Dante behind. (…) We are not coming to check in France? There is no VAR? Arbitration is calamitous“. Result, the physiognomy was completely transformed after a handful of seconds. “I think we would have won this match if we had played with eleven“Assured the former Dortmund coach. An opinion visibly shared by Todibo, who spoke on Twitter in the process.

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If only that had been the only debatable expulsion of the match… Because Favre wasn’t the only one to come back after the final whistle. Gérald Baticle, at the microphone of Amazon, did not hide his disagreement with the exclusion of his striker Sofiane Bouffal. The Moroccan international received a second yellow for a simulation in the opposing penalty area, while a (light) contact did exist with the defender. “I just saw him again and for me there is a penalty. You have a dribbler who enters the surface, who picks up speed, the slightest contact unbalances him. He has no interest in falling while he’s gone (…). For me, it’s clear, it’s pain“.

Beyond what coaches may consider to be errors, some point to the impossibility of communicating. This is the case of Oscar Garcia, warned after the expulsion of his defender: “We can’t do anything, they have all the powers. In another country, you can talk with the referee, here, without insulting, just to talk you get a yellow card. (…) Everyone calls me from Spain and asks me why there are so many red cards“.

In an emergency, there is one last solution for coaches, to adapt. If the referees distribute the reds, then you have to prepare for it. If it was difficult to predict that Locko’s crampons would fall on an opposing ankle after a long pass, Oscar Garcia had nevertheless anticipated the French refereeing rigor of this start of the season concerning disputes: “We spoke with the players before the match about controlling emotions” he explained. When will the work of a numerically inferior match in training take place?

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