Thursday 22 April 2010

Serious Foul Play and Good Officiating

The following incident occurred during the Bayern Munich and Olympique Lyon UEFA Champions League first leg semi-final match on Wednesday 21 April 2010. The match ended 1—0.

In the 38th minute, Italian referee Roberto Rosetti sent off Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery for serious foul play. Here are some freeze frames of the incident.

[Referee Roberto Rosetti had a clear and uninterrupted view of the challenge from Munich's Ribery (red#7) on Lyon's Cris]

[Reverse angle]

Although it may be argued that referee Rosetti did not have the optimum viewing angle, he is nonetheless close to the incident and has a clear uninterrupted view of Ribery’s approach to the ball. Rosetti was focused on the incident and had no hesitation in showing a red card to the offender.

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