Watch: Is this the worst refereeing decision you’ve ever seen?

27 Oct 2021 3 minutes Read
Ethan Ampadu is shown a red card in the game between Venezia and Salernitana

When Wales international Ethan Ampadu made a perfectly timed tackle in a match between his club Venezia and Salernitana in Seria A last night, he certainly didn’t expect what happened next.

Much to the amazement of Ampadu and his astonished teammates, the Welshman’s sliding block on former French international Franck Ribéry, resulted in the Chelsea player, currently on loan in Italy, to be shown the red card.

Not only did the referee initially play on but it was only when he clocked the Frenchman rolling around as if he’d had his leg removed below the knee that the ref shocked everyone by pulling out a red card.

What made the decision even more incredible was that the red card stood despite the intervention of VAR.

To add insult to injury Venezia conceded a 95th minute goal to lose the game 2-1.

So incensed were the Venice club that their president Duncan Niederauer took the unprecedented step of speaking to the press after the game.

He said: “I never speak after matches, I always leave that burden to the players and the manager, but tonight is different. I felt the duty to do so.

“What happened tonight is the same thing that happened last season at Salernitana, when the match was stolen by the referee’s decisions. I deeply respect the work of the referees, but I can’t help but wonder what happened in Salerno then and what happened tonight. The thing we ask is to review the images as we have seen them. They made us play without a man in a fundamental game for an unjust expulsion.

“The appeal that I’m making is for Venezia to be treated like any other club in Serie A. There is VAR for cases like these, and this evening it has not been used properly. We play our game correctly, and I would like the rest of the people involved in the games to do their job correctly as well.

‘Tough climb’

“The most important thing, however, and I want to emphasize this, is that I am proud of our boys and our manager, because once again they gave everything to win.

“We have to face a tough climb, which is now even more difficult, but the sure thing is we will fight as hard as we did until today, and even more, to be able to do it.“

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Huw Davies
Huw Davies
30 days ago

After watching the video from the very beginning. It wasn’t really a tackle. Venezia were in possession, Ampadu, receivied the pass, lost control of the ball, by allowing it to run between his legs and had to stretch to prevent Riberi getting the ball with only the goal keeper to beat. He did retrieve the ball but, to use Roy Keene’s logic, did give the referee the opportunity to issue a red card. I don’t think it was a foul but if the ref thought it was a foul then a red card for denying a goal scoring opportunity had… Read more »

Gore Russell
Gore Russell
29 days ago
Reply to  Huw Davies

Why didn’t VAR overrule the refs decision,I thought that’s what it was for to get the correct decision…not even a yellow In my opinion

30 days ago

Borderline. But it didn’t merit a sending-off because he got his foot to the ball first — only just!

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