OM-Monaco, Longoria’s big rant (video)

Pablo Longoria, the president of OM, did not hide his frustration at the end of the draw between Marseille and Monaco, Saturday evening at the Vélodrome (1-1).

What is VAR for?!? “In Italian or in French in the text, Pablo Longoria, the polyglot president of OM, questioned himself for a long time this Saturday evening behind the scenes of the Vélodrome stadium, still animated by the adrenaline which in each match of his team l inhabits and transcends it. Facing Monaco at the end of a meeting of the 20e lifted from L1, Marseille had to settle for one point while second place in the championship was reaching out to them in the event of a victory (1-1). A frustrating result indeed.

Frustrating for both teams, certainly, each of the two clubs concerned having had their momentum to make the difference. Perhaps even more frustrating for OM who could (should?) have benefited from a penalty before falling in the last quarter of an hour of the game. While Balerdi had just sounded the crossbar of the Monegasque cage, Kolasinac, when the ball fell into the area, suffered a violent tackle from Maripan on the ankle. A reprehensible gesture – a fortiori in this area of ​​the field – which however did not alert the refereeing corps.

It is true that the Marseille defender had barely had time to arm his shot – sent off target – which may have prompted Mr. Pignard to lose interest in the rest of the action. Only the video assistance, overseen for the occasion by Mr. Bien, strangely did not see fit to point out the gross fault of the Chilean on the Bosnian. To the chagrin of the OM boss, brought up after the VAR at the end of the match and finally calmed down by one of the club’s press officers.

Same incomprehension expressed by Igor Tudor, the Croatian coach of the Olympians, solicited on the antenna of Canal + later in the evening. ” Such a gesture, normally, is a penalty and a red card! We didn’t have any explanation. The fact that the player has already kicked the ball is not one… it’s incredible and unacceptable! »


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