If we’ve discovered anything at all from Euro 2016 in France, it’s that the referees are a little too lenient on some of the world’s stars.
Carlos Velasco Carballo, who refereed the Albania and Switzerland match, showed Lorik Cana a second yellow for a handball on the edge of the area, whilst Clement Turpin, who was in charge of the Austria and Hungary match, showed Aleksandar Dragovic a second yellow, but apart from those two dismissals, referees have been rather lenient throughout.
Already in a handful of games, we have seen some tackles and collisions which would normally warrant a yellow card or even a red.
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In the Wales-Slovakia game, we saw the referee handle some feisty battles throughout the 90-minutes. Liverpool and Slovakia’s Martin Skrtel elbowed Jonny Williams in the face as he attempted to go for the ball, and not only should it have been a penalty, but it should’ve resulted in a red card.
In the Republic of Ireland and Sweden game, there were a number of questionable tackles from the Swedes, that should have been greeted with yellow cards, that went unpunished and unnoticed by the referee.
By not pulling players up for bad tackles and dangerous play, the referees risk losing control altogether. The more and more the pressure builds and the fouls rack up, the more likely a dangerous tackle will fly in.
This then becomes an issue of player safety, and the fact that they could sustain serious injuries is a cause for concern.
We’ve already seen Russia handed a suspended disqualification order from UEFA, declaring that they will be removed from Euro 2016 should their fans cause any more trouble.
When decisions don’t go the team’s way, the fans are more likely to get aggravated and incidents inside the ground could reoccur.
That is the last thing the nations and the true football fans want to see.
The referees need to get control fast with UEFA’s backing or risk more unrest in France and the likelihood of a player obtaining a serious, possibly career-ending injury.
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