Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes

first_imgAdvertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes Sokratis was sent off before half-time as Arsenal crashed to a defeat against Rennes (BPI/REX)Sokratis Papastathopoulos is unhappy with his red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes and has described the decision to send him off as ‘very bad’.The Gunners took an early lead through Alex Iwobi but were reduced to 10 men before half time as the Greek centre-back was dismissed for a second yellow card.Rennes managed to equalise before the break and struck twice in the second half to seal a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League tie.But Sokratis believes referee Ivan Kruzliak would not have sent him off if he had been assisted by VAR.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course we are disappointed because the first half we started to play good, we had control of the game but after the decision of the referee changed the game,’ said Sokratis. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 1:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Sokratis says the decision was ‘very bad’ (AFP/Getty Images)‘It is difficult to play with 10 players. I think the referee gave me two easy yellow cards. Both were too easy.‘The first, I didn’t touch him and the second is too easy, you know? In the end, 3-1, we need to score two goals at home and I think we can do it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He [Kruzliak] has to explain to us. For this, sometimes it is better if they put in VAR and this helps the referee a little bit more.‘The decision was very bad. Both of these two were not a yellow.‘Of course, with the VAR there, yes [I wouldn’t have been sent off]. I don’t criticise the referee but maybe if the VAR is coming, it can help. He can make mistakes, like we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img

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