An aborted face-to-face, ultimately of no consequence.
We were playing the 32nd minute of this quarter-final second leg of the Champions League between PSG and Bayern Munich (0-1) and the score was still blank when Kylian Mbappé was prevented from going to challenge Manuel Neuer.
Impossible to say that the French striker would have opened the scoring and adjusted the German goalkeeper - which could have given a little air to Pochettino's men, who were under pressure until the end of the meeting.
Only there was no offside.
Assistant referee Fabiano Preti shouldn't have raised his flag.
"I no longer understand anything", plague Bruno Derrien
First, because the Munich side Benjamin Pavard covered his selection comrade, who started at the center line on a pass from Angel Di Maria.
But also because the rule is that the action continues until its end when a player goes to goal and the referee then decides via video assistance or the decision of his assistant.
" I do not understand anything anymore.
I believed that the protocol of the VAR required that the action go to an end and that then we view the image to verify the position of the attacker ”, railed the former international referee Bruno Derrien and now consultant .
I do not understand anymore .
I thought that the protocol of the Var required that the action be completed and that we then view the image to verify the position of the attacker #PSGBayern
- DERRIEN (@BRUNODERRIEN) April 13, 2021
The rules of the game, decreed by the IFAB, are very clear on the subject.
"Delaying the whistle / flag signal following an infringement is only permitted in a very clear offensive situation, when a player is close to scoring a goal or is clearly launched towards the penalty area opposing ”.
The deep pass to Mbappé clearly fell into the “very clear offensive situations” box.
This type of controversial gameplay is nothing new, however.
On Saturday again, in Strasbourg against PSG (1-4), Racing coach Thierry Laurey got carried away on several occasions against similar decisions.
This Tuesday, Mbappé himself experienced the roller coaster.
Since in the second half, he had the chance to beat Neuer but the offside (limit) was this time reported a posteriori.
To understand nothing.