Not only in Slovenia, referees also infuriate in Ukraine: Luka Gucek receives a red card, his club launches a rarely seen hue and cry
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On Sunday, the Ukrainian championship is contested Chornomorets and Ruh, the visitors from Lviv won the match 3:2. But more than the more than obviously attractive five-goal game, it’s the Ukrainian football public who are currently … Judges! Apparently, we like to spit on the latter not only in Slovenia, but also in Ukraine, where the Odessa club, because of the red card he received Luka Gucek, let off the brakes and let out a rarely seen scream and shout.
“Ukrainian football is on the verge of a historic moment. For the first time in almost ten years, the election of the President of the Football Association will not be a mere formality, but will lead to changes in personnel. But how can we ensure that the change of names will not be the end of the matter? Our football, especially club football, cannot be considered 100% healthy. It’s not just that the war is preventing the development of football. There is no excuse for the constant scandals in domestic football, which are linked to the low qualification and sometimes outright bias of referees,“, Čornomorec wrote in a harsh press statement.
The club, which also has Luka Guček and Jon Šporn, added: “It’s been a long time since the review of each round in the various publications started with the best goals, assists or tactical coaching moves. It starts with a list of refereeing errors. The Black Mark has never been involved in the drawing up of the alternative tables. But everything has its limits. After 14 rounds, we have the following picture: five of the six defeats in the 2023/24 season were accompanied by, to put it mildly, ambiguous decisions by the refereeing teams.”
But what actually happened to make the Odessa officials burst the film? V 69. minutes Luka Guček was shown a red card in the last match before the national break after he intervened with a header in front of the goal line and the ball bounced off the ground and hit him in the arm. The latter was not quite to his body and many would say that the 11th-metre penalty was justified. But Guček did not prevent the goal with his hand, nor can we talk about intentional play. This is why Odessa believes that the additional penalty of a red card was absolutely too harsh.
The Montenegrin were leading 2:1 before the shootout, but lost 2:3 in the end.”The ball hit Gucek in the head, then bounced into the Slovenian defender’s hand. The match referee Andrei Kovalenko awarded a penalty and … for some reason decided to send off the Odessa defender. The decision is not entirely clear and is generally outside the rules of football,“, the Odessa authorities pointed out, adding wryly: “The Club hopes that the presidential elections will be the right catalyst for effective change in the work of the great family of judges. If you are playing 11-15 or 10-15 all the time, you can’t last long.”
This text was automatically translated using AI.