March 30, 2023

Cruzeiro: Should an athlete be sent off? Commentators see

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The referee heard many complaints in Independencia

The confrontation between Cruzeiro and Athletic, on Saturday morning, in Independencia, for the second round of the Campeonato Mineiro, was a controversial move: in 15 minutes, So Joo del-Rei risked sending off a player.

And after a strong dispute over the ball, Athletic’s Gabriel Santos fell on top of Cruzeiro’s Neto Moura. The visiting player elbowed the Rabosa midfielder.

This Saturday, the video referee (VAR) Marco Aurelio Fazecas recommended the owner of the whistle, Antonio Marcio Teixeira da Silva, to assess the possible sending off offer. But the match referee chose not to apply the red card.

TV Globo’s refereeing commentator Janet Mara Arcánjo believes Gabriel Santos deserved the red card. “After the takedown, he makes an elbow movement. For me, aggression, I throw at the red,” he said while serving the match.

But the commentator clarified the referee’s assessment of the bid. “He thought there was neither brutality nor excessive force. That’s why he didn’t use the card,” he added.

Marcio Resende de Freitas, the refereeing commentator for Radio Itatiaia, said the referee was right when he did not send off the Athletic player.