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PSG-Angers: real questions arise around the use of the VAR


The anger of the Angevins remained strong this Saturday the day after a meeting punctuated by several questionable decisions taken by the referee

The Angevins left the Parc des Princes very angry Friday night after the victory of PSG (2-1). On Twitter, the SCO communicated: “We are not used to bitching. We are simply asking for consistency, justice, respect. Respect for players, staff, supporters who give everything. Because we love football. Simply. Nothing against PSG, nothing against VAR itself. Against its hazardous use that generates frustration and inequity. Maybe tomorrow we will reap the benefits. But that will not solve the problem. Only the sporting aspect should influence the outcome of a match. "

Nothing against PSG, nothing against VAR itself.

Against its hazardous use that generates frustration and inequity.

Maybe tomorrow we will reap the benefits.

But that will not solve the problem.

Only the sporting aspect should influence the outcome of a match.

- Angers SCO (@AngersSCO) October 16, 2021

However, PSG can also consider itself a victim of certain decisions or lack of decisions made by referee Bastien Dechepy and video assistants Jérémie Pignard and Aurélien Berthomieu.

Here are the four controversial moments.

17th minute: Capelle's tackle on Icardi

Served by Verratti, Icardi comes face to face with Bernardoni.

While the ball is on his left foot, the Argentine striker is surprised and unbalanced by the return of Pierrick Capelle who passes his left leg in front of him.

The referee said nothing.

The VAR checks the action and considers that there is no cause for whistleblowing.

However, the slow motion allows to see that the Angevin defender taps in the left tibia of Icardi.

For this collision in the area between Pierrick Capelle and Mauro Icardi, the referee signaled to play while a penalty could have been awarded to PSG.

Icon Sport / Anthony Dibon

"He first touches Icardi's foot," notes Bruno Derrien, the former international referee.

The attacker is in front of the defender, for me there is a fault.

The referee ruled that there was no fault.

He judged the action.

The VAR could have told him to go see the footage.

But the video assistants felt that the referee's interpretation could be heard and that it was not an obvious fault.


At the end of the match, Pierrick Capelle ensured that this decision was correct.

"Yes, I am coming to defend," he said.

I put my foot right in front of him and, presto, I touch the ball!

The VAR checked and they were honest enough to say that I had touched the ball.


36th minute: the collision of Mendy on Verratti

Marco Verratti, loaded in his back by Batista Mendy, tries to keep the ball.

But he ends up losing it and Angers launches a counter concluded by the goal of Fulgini.

The Parisian midfielder did not fall when Mendy held back his left arm.

This explains why the referee did not see a foul from the midfielder but a simple loss of the ball.

“The hand is a little on the shoulder, recognizes Bruno Derrien.

But it's not easy to spot.


69th minute: the possible offside of Mbappé

Served by a long opening from Herrera, Kylian Mbappé was perhaps offside before sending a perfect center from the left for Danilo's header and allowing Paris to equalize. The problem is that no camera has offered the VAR a sufficiently wide shot to locate the attacker's position in relation to the Angevin defenders. On the only exploitable level, only the left hand of the Parisian, raised in the air to call the ball, appears.

Sufficient in the eyes of Gérald Baticle, the Angevin coach, to conclude that it is offside.

"It's still quite simple to locate the body in relation to Mbappé's hand," he will launch at the end of the match.

“Without revealing, it's complicated to judge, recognizes Bruno Derrien.

It's ric rac.

The important thing would really be to have the image at the time of the strike of the Parisian who made the pass to Mbappé.

Not when the ball has already left his feet and a second has passed.

But, there, as Mbappé returns from the right of the field at the time of his call for the ball, he seems offside.


Agree with @ romtom29?


- Prime Video Sport France (@PVSportFR) October 15, 2021

83rd minute: Icardi foul on Thomas then Capelle's hand on Icardi's head.

Penalty for Paris

Concluded by the victorious penalty shot by Kylian Mbappé in the 87th, it is obviously the action that provoked the greatest anger of the Angevins.

“Icardi was at fault at the start of the action,” assures Romain Thomas.

He pulls my arm, I fall and, afterwards, he plays from his position to get the penalty.

I'm frustrated.


Bruno Derrien is categorical: "It's clear, there is a prior fault by Icardi on Thomas".

However, the former international referee noted that she "escaped the referee and the assistant concerned".

Likewise, Capelle's hand back to defend in front of Icardi did not immediately result in a penalty.

"Did he see the hand and judge it to be involuntary or did he not see it?"

», Asks Bruno Derrien.

In any case, it is his video assistants who warn him and encourage him to view the screen.

Only, it seems that the images show him then only the final action and not the beginning with Icardi's fault… "It is the VAR which selects the images and therefore they have concealed the Icardi fault", regrets Bruno Derrien.

I do not know what are the instructions given in this kind of situation.

Only Garibian can answer.

“Asked this Saturday, the boss of French arbitration did not respond to our request for clarification.

Source: leparis

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