The controversy around arbitration at the start of the season is endless. While seizing the expulsions had already been ordered during the first three days – more than one in two games ending less than 22 on the pitch – there are now a total of 34 red cards in eight days. In Ligue 2, it is already 45 red cards distributed in nine days. For comparison, the Spanish Championship is at 19 cards (6 days), while that of Italy has 15 for the moment (7 days).
“Like every year, at the start of each season, we set a certain number of instructions. On a lack of emphasis on the protection of players and their physical integrity, because we cannot be satisfied that a match ends with two or more injuries on each side. The other lesson of the past season is the increase in disputes.explained at the start of the season Stéphane Lannoy, the deputy technical director of arbitration in Ligue 1. Only here, the latest events that have taken place this weekend are worrying the clubs more and more.
Stade de Reims not spared
At the Auguste-Delaune stadium, Stade de Reims had to do without Bradley Locko, sent off in the 22nd minute for hitting the ankle of Monegasque Breel Embolo. Mr. Bollengier immediately showed his red card, even though the contact between the two players was questionable. “The referee killed the match (…) I spoke with the Monaco coach (Philippe Clément) and he also said that it was not a red card. The assistant referee hasn’t played much football. I don’t understand why we didn’t use VAR.”explained Oscar Garcia, the Reims coach, after the debacle (0-3).
With this fifth expulsion suffered (more than all Premier League clubs (4)), the Champenois have played more than a quarter of their playing time in numerical inferiority (720 minutes) since the start of the season. “They make us pay something. But I don’t know what. I’m sorry for my players, because the referee played with their profession., will add Oscar Garcia, in a press conference. After an explanation with the Reims players and captain Yunis Abdelhamid, Mr. Bollengier will admit that it is “of an uncontrolled gesture. On each uncontrolled gesture, we must put red”. Mr. Bollengier could then have expelled Monaco midfielder Maghnes Akliouche, who hit Reims goalkeeper Yehvann Diouf (50th) on the ground, but chose to take out the yellow. A lack of consistency deplored by the Champagne club.
A historic eviction in Nice
At the Allianz Riviera in Nice, spectators could barely enjoy the kick-off of the match as Mr. Dechepy had already expelled Jean-Clair Todibo after nine seconds of play. A record since Opta analyzed the competition (2006 -2007). The Riviera defender was penalized after knocking down Angers striker Abdallah Sima, who went alone on goal. But yet, Todibo was not the last defender and that casts doubt on the application of the clean-scoring opportunity rule.
“An arbitrary choice that shocks me and condemns my team to start the match with a big disadvantage. The decisions of the referees at the start of the season are very questionable, even scandalous and I hope that the LFP will do something to diffuse it., Todibo wrote on his Twitter account, after his expulsion. In the second half of this Nice-Angers (0-1), Mr. Dechepy sanctioned Sofiane Boufal with a second yellow for a simulation in the area, when he seemed to have been hit. An eviction “odd” for his trainer, Gérald Baticle. Paused until September 30 due to the international break, Ligue 1 will have a few days to study the question of arbitration. According RMC SportsChampionship coaches were also invited to visit the VAR viewing center by refereeing boss Pascal Garibian to deflate the controversy.
Number of red cards 🟥 this season:
Premier League: 4 in 8 days
🇩🇪 Bundesliga: 12 and 7J
🇮🇹 Series A: 15 in 7 days
🇪🇦 League: 20 in 6J
🇬🇧 Ligue 1: 34 in 8 days
🇬🇧 Ligue 2: 45 in 9J
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