October 2, 2013

Penalty Kick Situations in Ajax - Milan

The so far most controversial situation of the second Champions League matchday happened in Amsterdam last night. Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson or more likely his AAR Markus Strömbergsson awarded a penalty kick in favour of Milan's Mario Balotelli in the final minute of stoppage time.


It was not the only controversy between Ajax defender van der Hoorn and Balotelli.
Therefore please give your opinion and judgment on the following two clips.

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22 Comments:

  1. If the second is a penalty, so the first must be a must :) Inconsistency.

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  2. Merely based on my opinion, both are NO PENALTIES.
    Having said that, if I see a referee who gives the second one, then he must give also the first. The first is more penalty than the second.

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    1. Great gift of Eriksson to Milan.

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  3. Anonymous2/10/13 14:29

    First one is a penalty. Should have been seen by AAR. Second one no penalty; when both players hold, play on is the right decision.

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  4. For me, the first situation is far more a penalty than the second situation.

    Furthermore, in the 73rd minute, Muntari (Milan) stepped on the heel of Moisander (Ajax), when the ball was played for a while. The Swedish team did not noticed this.
    What are your opinions about that moment?

    This situation occured at 3:52.
    http://nos.nl/video/557620-cl-ajax--ac-milan.html
    (I'm not totally sure if this video is available outside my country.)

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  5. Anonymous2/10/13 15:11

    I agree with Chefren - none of the two situations warrants a penalty in my book. Giving the penalty in injury time like that can't be anything else than a crucial mistake. If anything, it should have been a free kick to Ajax. I have not seen the match, but based on those two videos Jonas can't get a higher mark than 7.9.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. @ ArbitroMondo: I noticed that situation and will try to upload a clip, as your's is not visible in other countries except NED.

      @ Swedish Observer: I agree with you and respect that you don't wear Swedish glasses trying to defend Eriksson :)

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    2. Anonymous3/10/13 20:47

      Niclas - I always try to give my honest opinion when writing on this blog, regardless of what glasses I may or may not wear.

      /Swedish observer

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    3. I know - nonetheless I experienced the opposite often enough :)

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  6. Anonymous2/10/13 17:21

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  7. I kindly ask you to raise your conspiracy theories discrediting the referees at other websites. There are enough forums where this can be done.

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  8. Off-topic: FIFA qualifier appointments are out.
    Velasco with SVN-NOR, Atkinson with NED-HUN and Eriksson with UKR-POL. Very important matches.

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    1. I posted some of them before FIFA and main referees while ago on the adequate topic :P

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    2. Anonymous4/10/13 15:07

      Fourth appointment for Bebek, I'm surprised

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  9. Anonymous2/10/13 18:53

    To be honest I voted before I saw the replay because I have seen the match yesterday on my tv. I voted the 1st option. Now after reading the comments I have replayed the first situation, I think, 15 times and that I have come to the conclusion that I have voted wrong but that I can understand why the AAR didn't give a penalty in the first situation and did in the second situation. I must emphasize that I THINK that both decisions came from the AAR. My argument is that the AAR had a much better view than Eriksson since he wasn't near the penalty area during both moments. Now the reason I THINK that the AAR decided NOT give a penalty during the first moment is because of Balotelli's rather quick fall to the ground. What I see is that both arms of the Ajax defender are on the arm and shoulder of Balotelli, and that the arms of the Ajax defender aren't really "pulling" Balotelli down. Therefore the interpretation of the AAR might have been that there wasn't a clear reason why Balotelli fell to the ground, then again it couldn't have been simulation since there was 'contact.' Now the second situation. Again there is contact from both players but this time the AAR could see a legitimate reason for Balotelli to fall to the ground and that is that the Ajax defender is clearly pulling the shirt of Balotelli and therefore advises Eriksson to give a penalty.
    Now after seeing the comments, and replaying the clips about 15 times I would like to say that imo both shouldn't have been a penalty.

    Furhtermore I would like to say that Eriksson missed a handball in the penalty area from Ajax's side which imo should have been a penalty for AC milan.

    Last but not least, I think that apart from these situations Eriksson and his team have showed a good performance and great player management :)

    Greetings from a Dutch referee.

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    1. Good point of view. I agree with you about the potential reason why Strömbergsson took these decisions. It is important for me to point that out again: I have no doubt that the decision was solely taken by AAR2.
      Concerning the handball penalty appeal, do you have a minute please?

      Small update in the Klopp-case: UEFA has banned him for 2 matches. So he will miss on the bench also on MD3.

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    2. Anonymous3/10/13 20:58

      The question then is who to blame - only Strömbergsson or both him and Eriksson? They got the last decision wrong, and even though it may feel unfair for Jonas if he trusted Markus' advice, I think that both will have their marks lowered due to this crucial mistake in injury time.

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Hi Swedish observer!
      I'm the beginning observer in my country and would like to consult with you one controversion. Would you like to contact me via mail? hvanderdembowiak@gmail.com

      Thanks for backing my approach toward marks in other post :)

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  10. In my opinion, first one regular challenge between defender and attacker in the penalty area, Attacker goes down easily. No penalty. Second one 50-50. Attacker loses position because defender pull his jersey etc. but again, stays soft here for a last minute heart breaker in the box. But it is acceptable decision for me.
    Best regards.

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  11. Emil Archambault4/10/13 03:21

    I'm not so sure it's 100% Strömbergsson's call on the second one. Evidently, one of them saw the pulling of the shirt, but it could be Eriksson's call as well, as he is in position to see it. It's a tough call, Balotelli embellishes, but the defender nevertheless pulled his shirt in a significant manner. Defenders must learn to let go of the shirt; this one did not. I can live with the calls made.

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  12. It means in turkish "eyyam"

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  13. Since joining Milan Balotelli has been the most commonly heard news is injured.
    When can the No. 45 AC Milan shirt become a classic.

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