Franky Van der Elst was already tongue-tied on Sunday when he determined that Adrien Trebel’s tackle did not result in a red. “I still find it incomprehensible”, says Van der Elst in Extra Time.
Trebel also admitted after the match “that red was possible”. “But I had no intention of hurting him, I’m also pulling my foot back.”
Frank De Bleeckere admitted on behalf of the Referee Department that they also expected red here. “The VAR should have let the ref look at the images.” “That is now the 2nd time in 3 match days that he has to say that, that is a bit much”, comments Van der Elst.
“I’d like to know what is being said in that van at that moment. What are they saying among themselves and why don’t they decide to intervene?”
Filip Joos, even after looking at other debatable phases, has the feeling that “they are looking too much at the details”, which sometimes makes the VAR miss the bigger picture. “But that’s human too.”