By Xema Tarazona
Saturday 11 March 2023. 22:59
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Again the same story. With 0-0 on the scoreboard, another questionable play in the opposite field where the contact is clear and where the referee’s decision falls against Valencia CF. It seems that when the Mestalla club plays, controversy is served. It was 70 minutes into the game when neither Iglesias Villanueva nor Cuadra Fernández wanted to see a penalty in actions against Hugo Duro and Samuel Lino. In particular, it is known in this second because he ran into the valencanista defender’s rojillo, but neither the referee field nor the place of the VOR saw the maximum penalty.
In the first half, Iglesias Villanueva had a more moderate decision and did not try too many questionable plays. He also showed three yellow cards against CA Osasunas. And the story, however clear, only shows that when you want to use VAR, it has been implemented for what it was: to correct errors. The opposite of what happened in the Camp Nou with that Kessié penalty on Fran Pérez or in these two contacts in the Osasuna area in the second half. The referee showed Sergio Herrera a straight red card after an action with Hugo Duro in which he touched the ball, but Cuadra Fernández called him from the VOR cell and correctly corrected him.
It can be red in Mestalla
In the second half, in addition to not indicating that any of these two penalties were possible, Juan Cruz was spared a second yellow card. He again received a red card from Osasuna after a VAR review and awarded a penalty that Hugo Duro eventually missed. The matter does not stop there: in 97 Valencia CF faced Sergio Herrera’s goal with three players and the referee infamously whistled the former. Seeing is believing. He signaled the end of the meeting below.
Hey @valenciacf the penalty requested for this deed in Samus Linus
What do you think? #LaLigaEnDAZN pic.twitter.com/8EHGftBw7X
— DAZN Spain (@DAZN_ES) March 11, 2023
The same story as in Castro Nou.
The game at Mestalla was marked by the memory of the reference against Valencia CF at Camp Nou. If the matter is already delicate in itself, the judgment made about it makes everything worse. And in this context, the situation shows everything: there are seven points that the Valencia team would have more if the VAR was correct in the many actions that ultimately hurt the Mestalla club.
What was seen at Camp Nou on this day was more indicative of what Valencia CF will suffer in 2022/23. Neither Alberola Rojas on the field nor Jaime Latre on VAR wanted to award a clear penalty and the corner kick was commented on, when the last ball before Kessié was to touch Fran Pérez’s kick. If the executioner had turned it around, Rubén Baraja’s shot would have achieved the most important moment in the fight for safety.
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