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Controversial decision: Michael Oliver decision divides the World of football

Discussion in 'Champions League and Europa League' started by Prince Adebayo, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. English referee Michael Oliver is currently the most famous referee following his controversial decision in the Champions League quarter-final game between Real Madrid and Juventus. The debate will likely continue for years to come. Was it a penalty? Or was it not?

    Juventus narrowly failed in overturning a 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of Champions League. The penalty awarded for Real Madrid in the injury time of the match between Juventus and Real Madrid during their return match at the quarterfinal stage of the Champions League has now divided football lovers in many places of the planet.

    Fans, players and pundits were divided on Oliver’s decision to award Real Madrid a penalty for a foul by Juventus’ Medhi Benatia in extra time. Juventus were a "millimetre from the impossible" up to that point, but Oliver decision saw Juventus hopes go up in flames.

    The world of football were divided into two, on one side are those that believed that Juventus defender Medhi Benatia shoved Lucas Vázquez which made him fall inside the penalty box thus the penalty awarded by England’s Michael Oliver against the Italian champions, they insist, was correct.

    And also believe that Oliver’s decision to send Buffon off was the right one as Buffon furiously confronted the referee twice. Even if the decision had to be made in the 93th minute of a high-stakes match when a lot of times plays of that nature go unpunished.

    The Italian Champions were left furious by referee Michael Oliver's decision to award Real a debatable. Oliver was also criticised for sending off veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon for heatedly protesting the penalty, a move which led the Italy international to blast the referee after the match.

    On the other side are those that opined that the contact between the Juventus defender and Lucas Vazquez although present, was not enough to justify a call that ultimately gave the Spaniards the goal they desperately needed to deny the Italians what could have been one of the most spectacular comebacks in football history.

    La Corriere dello Sport summed up the hurt felt by the Italians with its headline: "What theft!" Its subheadline expressed Buffon's view that the referee had shamed himself.

    "Theft of the century," it declared on its front page. "The referee invented a non-existent penalty so that Real Madrid could go through to the semi-finals."

    Madrid newspaper Marca had the opposite view. "It was a penalty," the newspaper splashed on its front page.

    In South America, however, they see it differently. The Argentine newspaper Olé, after conducting a poll, notes that 77 percent of the 8,800 users who voted did not think it was a penalty.

    The Brazilian press explains that "the fault is dubious", so they would not have punished Benatia. In Mexico, they were more critical. "The referee saved R.Madrid from the ridicule," said the Diario de México, adding that "the advancing of the Blancos (white team) is again more linked to the referee’s help than to Real’s actual performance on the pitch."

    On whose side are you? Have a say, drop your comments below
  2. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Member

    Yes because it's one of the most controversial controversial refereeing decision in recent time.
    Is there any poorer referee in Europe?

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