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Re: UEFA EURO 2020 - Qualifying Round
« Reply #75 on: Sun 13 Oct 2019 19:17 »

Group E
13 October 2019, 18:00 CET - Budapest (Groupama Aréna)
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

Feel very sorry for Mr Higler.  He was absolutely superb for 90+2 mins & heading for an 8.4.  In 90+2 Azerbaijan equalised but he ruled it out for handball, it wasn't, it was his chest/stomach area.  I can understand why from his angle why he thought that it had hit the arm, including from the players own arm movement, but it was essentially on his blindside & it was the camera view from behind the goal that showed clearly that it wasn't a HB at all & it had not touched his arm at all.  He needed either an AAR there or VAR - either would have helped him out. Shame for him, Azerbaijan will rightly feel aggrieved, whilst Hungary will feel extremely lucky to be on the receiving end in their favour for a change.

Up until that point he had refereed very well. Smile on his face, great rapport with both sets of players and fair and consistent.  Such a shame that a decent performance was 'ruined' at the end with an error that he on his own had no chance of calling right.  If they are not going to use VAR in these games then they must have AARs. Very unfair for him now to only get a 7.9.

The fan in me is however grateful that he did call it wrong! It leaves Hungary 2nd in the table and in with a chance of qualifying especially if Croatia beat Wales tonight!
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