Have the Lyonnais been wronged by the “incomprehensible” cancellation of Karl Toko Ekambi’s goal?

Karl Toko Ekambi believed he had scored an essential goal on Sunday 0-0 against Metz. But that was before the intervention of the VAR. JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK – AFP
  • For the first time in four months, OL lost in Ligue 1 on Sunday against FC Metz (0-1).
  • This meeting as hooked as sometimes unbridled was marked by a turning point referee decision, 0-0 in the 74th minute of play, with a goal strangely denied to Karl Toko Ekambi.
  • Contrary to his legend, Rudi Garcia remained very soft in the post-match against this whistled offside against Houssem Aouar.

At the OL Park,

We never thought we would write that one day. This January 17 will remain a key moment in the history of Ligue 1: Rudi Garcia was weighted in front of the press after a contentious arbitration decision to say the least. We play the 74th minute of an OL-FC Metz more hooked than expected, the Lyonnais push to 0-0 and Thiago Mendes finds himself shifted by Memphis Depay on the right side. His shot in a closed angle is slowed down by Alexandre Oukidja.

But the Lorraine goalkeeper deflects the ball onto his crossbar. The crazy action (at 2’10 ” on the video below) continues with the garnet side Fabien Centonze, who heads, surprised, the ball behind him. Karl Toko Ekambi quietly concludes with a volley in the six meters and celebrates this goal without any doubt about its validation. Stéphanie Frappart, who had refused in October the victory goal to Houssem Aouar against OM (1-1) for a very questionable high foot, is then advised by the assistant video referee of the evening François Letexier that the images are peeled .

“A defeat with a bitter taste”

And after this long use of the VAR, he believes that Houssem Aouar, slightly offside on the action, would have done game action and therefore had a role in the approximate dismissal of Fabien Centonze. Even if the latter did not claim anything at all, Stéphanie Frappart therefore very severely cancels this goal which was virtually synonymous with a return to the top of Ligue 1 for the band in Memphis Depay. When a quarter of an hour later, a perfect Boulaya-Leya Iseka counter puts an end (1-0) to a series of unbeaten 16 games, we let you imagine the blow behind the head.

“It is a defeat with a bitter taste, do not deny Rudi Garcia. Obviously, it is not deserved in view of what we have produced. We can only blame ourselves because we have to do a little more, and above all a little better. When we frame 20% of our shots, we are not surprised not to score. We then feel the transition coming all found to complain about the arbitration. But not so much, in real life, given the history of the coach on the side of AS Roma and then OM.

“We obviously don’t lose that match just because of that”

“The facts of the game were not favorable to us because honestly, we thought we had done the hardest by opening the scoring with Karl. Unfortunately, the goal was denied. It’s just incomprehensible to me. Everyone can have their opinion, we will respect that, we obviously do not lose this match because of that. “We admit, we listened to our tapes several times to be sure of this drop measured as never before on the part of coach Rudi.

In the opposite camp, Frédéric Antonetti relishes the decision of the Letexier-Frappart duo, with a spike launched casually at Jean-Michel Aulas’ club: “The VAR is not there to be of service but to judge. objectively images. It is not the absolute weapon, there will always be 20% of difficulties in the arbitration, but it has the faculty to correct 80% of the faults. I’ve been coming here for years, and if there had been VAR… ”. Better VAR than ever, Fredo, right?

Source: 20Minutes – Une by www.20minutes.fr.

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