Anyone remember the Hungarian Job of April 17, 2017? Arturo Vidal remembers. He remembers it better than most, considering the fact that he was sent off for a completely clean tackle. The referee that day, Viktor Kassai, was so awful it defies polite description. Besides sending Vidal off, he also flagged a completely legitimate Bayern Munich attack offside and allowed Real Madrid to score two offside goals in extra time (against ten men, no less).
However, as with death and taxes, awful officiating in Real Madrid’s favor is part of life, not to be questioned by mere mortals. That truth was once again on display last night, when Real were awarded a penalty in the dying minutes of a riveting Juventus comeback. Icon Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for arguing, and Cristiano Ronaldo slotted away the penalty.
Vidal, who is a former Juventus player, was watching the game in the stands in Munich. His reaction says it all:
Former Juventus player, Arturo Vidal, is not happy with Cristiano Ronaldo penalty... during Bayern-Sevilla pic.twitter.com/p0ViVTxGsD— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 11, 2018
That’s completely fair, Arturo. We all felt that way. Scenes like this leave us all wondering what the Champions League is really about. At the very least, the video assistant referee needs to be implemented, not abolished. Otherwise, we might just see this become a reality:
April 11, 2018