Rudi Garcia sends tackle to refereeing


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After a week marked by the transfer window with the departure of Moussa Dembélé at Atlético de Madrid and the arrival of Islam Slimani, Olympique Lyonnais was able to focus again on the championship. This Sunday, the Gones hosted FC Metz with the objective of continuing their unbeaten streak of sixteen games without defeat and regaining first place in the standings. But the evening did not meet the expectations of the Rhone residents.

Indeed, after opening the scoring through Karl Toko Ekambi, the goal was eventually canceled after using video refereeing. Houssem Aouar, who was not playing action, was reported offside. Then, in stoppage time, Lyon lost 1 to 0 after a goal from Aaron Leya Iseka (90th + 1). In addition to having lost three points, the Olympians were therefore stopped in their unbeaten streak. Since September 15 against Montpellier (2-1), they had not lost, a little more than 4 months.

Garcia doesn’t understand why the goal was denied

Les Lyonnais (40 points) also lost first place, as PSG and LOSC (42 points) both won. After the meeting, Rudi Garcia did not hide his disappointment. “It’s a bitter-tasting defeat. But we can only blame ourselves, we can do a little better. When we try to score 22 times and only target 20% of our shots … We thought we had done the hardest against an athletic team. We opened the scoring with Karl, but the goal was incomprehensibly canceled. We should have started again and scored, we had the possibility afterwards ”. The French technician returned to the goal canceled later.

“The goal is just incomprehensible to me. Everyone has their own opinion. That of the refereeing body was different. So we will respect that. It’s not just because of that that we lose the match ”. Rudi Garcia, who brought out Toko Ekambi and Kadewere to bring in Slimani and Cherki while referee Stéphanie Frappart awaited the VAR decision, said: “I thought the goal had been awarded. We may be guilty of not having waited for the referee’s decision. But I had decided to bring them back to 0-0 ”. OL, less domineering since the start of 2021, will have to quickly raise their heads. An answer is expected next week during the derby in Saint-Etienne.


Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.

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