Ex FIFA referee, Urs Meier has come out to react to England’s penalty vs Denmark. He recently revealed that it was clear that Sterling was looking for contact in his opponent’s box.
According to him, it was an absolutely incomprehensible call and it was very harsh on Denmark after putting up strong opposition in the semi-final.
He added that the referee probably interpreted the Danish defender’s one step as a leg kick, and it was a pity to see VAR back his decision.
His words, “What can you say about that? Sterling was looking for contact, it was clearly too little for a penalty.”
“I was even more surprised when Makkelie pointed to the spot. At that moment I thought there might have been contact, which I missed in the real speed, but then the slow motions confirmed my first impression. There was nothing for which there should have been a penalty.”
“The referee probably interpreted the Danish defender’s one step as a leg kick. Nevertheless, I would have expected the VAR to correct the decision. For me it is absolutely incomprehensible that he did not at least send the referee in front of the screen to look at the scene again.”
“Makkelie could have made life much easier for himself if he had blown the whistle. Nobody would have criticised that.”
“I personally wouldn’t have done that either. Because I personally don’t think you have to constantly interrupt the game because of a second ball – as long as it doesn’t interfere. In my opinion, it didn’t interfere, all the players were only focused on the ‘right’ ball.”
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