“The linesman told me he had made a mistake!” The Bavarians assure that the linesman apologized after the controversy

“The linesman told me he had made a mistake!” The Bavarians assure that the linesman apologized after the controversy
“The linesman told me he had made a mistake!” The Bavarians assure that the linesman apologized after the controversy

Bayern Munich was eliminated at the gates of the Champions League final this Wednesday, beaten (2-1) by Real Madrid. The Bavarian club was caught in controversy, with a goal disallowed at the end of the match where the referee quickly whistled for an offside position following the advice of one of his assistants. The latter would have apologized to the people of Munich.

It was a decision that had serious consequences. This Wednesday evening, in the very last action of the Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, Polish referee Szymon Marciniak very quickly whistled for an offside position while Matthijs de Ligt had marked at the same time. The Madrid club therefore won (2-1) and qualified.

“This is not the time to make excuses”, points out Tuchel

The offside position, called against Noussair Mazraoui, was reported by one of Szymon Marciniak’s two assistants. Bayern Munich regretted that the action did not reach its conclusion before being watched by the video assistant. Thomas Tuchel pointed to an “absolute disaster”. “The first mistake is made by the linesman, the second comes from the referee,” said the German coach.

According to Thomas Tuchel and Matthijs de Ligt, the assistant referee apologized. “It’s very difficult to accept these excuses. It’s a Champions League semi-final, it’s not the time to make excuses, really not,” fumed the Bayern Munich technician, referring to payment errors.

“Everyone has to go to their limit, everyone has to suffer, everyone has to play without making mistakes. So the referee has to be at that level too. It just doesn’t help to make excuses after the fact “, continued Thomas Tuchel at a press conference. “You are on the field for this reason, because you are the best there is. And we have the right to expect that until the end. If you are not able to do it, it doesn’t help to apologize at this time, even if we accept them sportingly.”

De Ligt does not want to blame the linesman

In slow motion, neither Noussair Mazraoui nor Matthijs de Ligt appear to be in an offside position, covered by Real central defender Antonio Rüdiger. “The scene at the end, I find it incredible. I can’t understand why he doesn’t let the action play out. He apologized. I wouldn’t want to say that Real are always lucky, but that makes the difference today,” commented Matthijs de Ligt. “He himself knows in the end that it was a mistake,” Manuel Neuer also said.

Unhappy scorer, Matthijs de Ligt did not want to attack the referee despite everything. “I don’t blame him. Football is a game with goals, with mistakes,” the defender philosophized at the microphone of RMC Sport. “Everyone makes mistakes. The linesman told me he made a mistake. It’s easy to blame others but that’s not my case. It’s a shame because that we may have lost because of that but that’s football.”

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