Referee Felix Brych came in for fierce criticism from a lot of Rangers fans over an incident in the first half of their 1-1 draw against Young Boys in last night’s Europa League clash at Ibrox.
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Midway through the first half, Alfredo Morelos glided past Frederik Sorensen and into the penalty area, with the Young Boys defender then appearing to clip the Colombian’s heels and pull him to the ground. [via Sky Sports]
German referee Brych did not feel the incident warranted a penalty, though, and with no VAR in use in the Europa League group stages, the game continued apace. Morelos would soon exact revenge by opening the scoring, but Sky Sports reporter Charlotte Marsh was adamant that a spot kick should have been given for the 22nd-minute incident, which was highlighted by @RangersFC on Twitter.
22' Shouts for a penalty from the Broomloan as Morelos goes down inside the box | 0-0
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 12, 2019
This was the second Rangers game in a row in which they seemed hard done by over a refereeing decision, with Celtic’s winning goal in last weekend’s Betfred Cup final appearing to have been scored from an offside position (as per BBC).
These Rangers fans on Twitter vented their frustration at Brych for not giving a penalty over what looked like a foul on Morelos:
No penalty given, then a clear foukd on Jack few seconds later and not given.
Ref is having a shocker
— Matthew Kenny (@MattRonKen) December 12, 2019
Refs a bottle job
— scott (@Scott_RFC23) December 12, 2019
Sunday all over again 🙈
— Graham Watson (@graham1watson) December 12, 2019
Refs having a nightmare already.
— Barlow (@st1nglikeabeee) December 12, 2019
All day long penalty 😡😡
— bigwull (@bigwull78) December 12, 2019
Shouts from the entire stadium. You’ll no see a clearer one than that tonight.
— Emma Q 🏴🇬🇧 (@EKQuinny02) December 12, 2019
How is that not a penalty @UEFA??
— Keanu 🇬🇧 (@k_pat123) December 12, 2019
Do you think the referee got the penalty decision wrong last night? Did he have a bad game overall? Comment below with your views!
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