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“European approach. In Russia it would be red.” The main refereeing moment of the day at Euro 2024

Date: July 17, 2024 Time: 15:47:07

“European approach. In Russia it would be red.” The main refereeing moment of the day at Euro 2024

Maxim Pakhomov June 15, 2024, 21:51 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Why wasn’t Rodri sent off and Croatia’s goal taken away? Analysis.

The second day of Euro 2024 gave us a bright sign: Spain played against Croatia. But the fight in this match did not work: after the first half, the Spaniards beat their rival 3-0. Although the intrigue could have been rekindled: in the 78th minute a penalty against Spain was awarded.

Rodri knocked down his rival, who could have rolled into an empty goal. The Englishman Michael Oliver awarded an 11-meter penalty and showed the Spanish the yellow, which is strange. Why isn’t he red?

Penalty against Croatia

Photo: Screenshot of Match TV broadcast

What follows is even more interesting. Bruno Petkovic did not score from the penalty spot, but immediately received a pass from Ivan Perisic and still sent the ball into the goal. But this goal… was cancelled.

Penalty against Spain

Photo: Screenshot of Match TV broadcast

We asked referee Igor Fedotov to explain both points. Why wasn’t Rodri sent off and the Croatian goal disallowed? Spain will continue playing against Italy and the absence of a midfielder would definitely affect the team. Here is Fedotov’s explanation:

“The Spanish goalkeeper was on the goal line before the kick. The Croatian player runs early and intervenes in the game: he passes the ball to his player and he scores a goal. The correct decision is a free kick. If the goalkeeper had broken the rules, then this penalty kick should have been disallowed. Now about Rodri, let’s first look at the penalty itself. The Croatian player committed a foul. However, there really was contact. The referees would not have interfered with the VAR, there was contact. Why didn’t they give the Spaniard a red card? This is a very European approach. In Russia it would be red. The player could hit the empty goal with his next shot. But I think the judges were told in those moments to judge to reduce the punishment and receive yellow cards.”

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