arbitration drove the Marseillais crazy

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Like every year, this Olympico between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais at the Orange Vélodrome was eagerly awaited. Even more after the episode of the bottle in the back of Dimitri Payet on the way to Groupama Stadium and the re-match in February and the Rhone victory (2-1). For this shock of the 35th day of Ligue 1 in a boiling enclosure, the Phocaeans did not manage to win against the Gones despite a good domination (0-3). But inevitably, once again, the arbitration made speak.

In the first period, Mr. Gautier, the central referee in the evening, was quickly the target of Marseille chants after a hand from Moussa Dembele in his area on a low cross from Gerson. The Lyon striker had indeed increased his body surface, but the referee, with the help of the VAR, finally decided to award a corner for OM. Slightly dubious first episode. “Before this error we were present, we had control. This situation changed everything. It bothers me we were better in the first half, before the Lyon goal. We tried to continue, but I think that goal changed everything. The referee totally influenced the result. He did not whistle a penalty on us in the first half. We were better than them. It’s a classic so the referee must be up to it. We didn’t suffer the match, we even controlled it. It is played on arbitration errors. There was a penalty, that’s very clear. They whistled against PSG and not there. This inevitably influences the result., confided Sampaoli at the end of the match. But that’s not all.

Longoria did not understand

Returning from the locker room, Lyon’s first goal, the work of Castello Lukeba, also caused talk for a potential offside by Moussa Dembele and a possible foul on Pau Lopez, who also collected a warning later for protest, after validation of the goal by the VAR. The Spaniard had indeed moved towards the central referee to show him his arm, certainly affected. The Marseille public did not appreciate either, like the players of Jorge Sampaoli, the gesture of Thiago Mendes in the face of Dimitri Payet, not sanctioned and driving the Phocaeans mad with rage.

“I didn’t see the pictures well. When you look at Pau Lopez’s hand (traces of crampons on his forearm, editor’s note), it’s still strong “initially dropped the president of OM Pablo Longoria, at the microphone of Prime Video, about this first goal. Before sharing his vision of things on the penalty mentioned above which could have been awarded to OM for a handball by Moussa Dembélé. “Someone has to explain the hand rule to me too (laughs). For me, there comes a time when things have to be clarified. You can’t take your hand away, that’s normal. But when you enlarge the body (the surface of the body)…” An opinion shared by Sampaoli then. “Sincerely, these decisions sadden me. We can’t change it, heading for Thursday, it’s important. We have already had these situations against Paris. We must unify the criteria, so that the decisions are all the same. Game facts that are likely to be talked about for a long time to come…

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