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Benjamin Pavard lost consciousness after this clash with Robin Gosesns
The level of refereeing in the first week of Euro has been excellent, helped by a much smarter VAR rollout than we are forced to endure in the Premier League, but there have been some illustrations of a problem that affects refereeing throughout the game.
For unknown reasons, referees around the world seem to believe that dangerous play can only happen if it involves the offender’s feet.
The biggest example of this was, of course, Patrick Battiston’s dastardly assault by Toni Schumacher’s fists in the 1982 World Cup semi-final, but twice in this tournament players injured opponents. with body parts other than their feet and escaped due to Punishment.
First, towards the end of England’s victory over Croatia, Jude Bellingham came off the worst in a skullcap clash with Domagoj Vida, whose late header challenge should have earned him a warning. .
Then, in the final stages of France’s thrilling victory over Germany, Blues defender Benjamin Pavard was knocked out for a few seconds after receiving a blow to the head of a ridiculous challenge from Robin Gosens, who took flew into the air first in a reckless attempt. connect with a cross. Gosens should have been expelled.
The same goes for Antonio Rudiger for blatantly blocking Kevin De Bruyne with a shoulder to the Belgian’s face in the recent Champions League final, an offense which inflicted serious injuries but was only punished. a yellow card.
But that aside, footballers rather than referees take center stage and this continues for a long time. And that for a long time, UEFA’s zero tolerance towards kit clashes also continues.
It has been so refreshing to be able to enjoy matches between teams that wear contrasting stripes, which cannot be said for too many Premier League games.
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 11:26 AM, JUNE 18, 2021