The performance of the referee Timotheos Christofis and the VAR Giorgos Nikolaou in the derby between Anorthosis and Apollon is commented through gipedo.politis.com.cy by the collaborator of the show “Derby” of POLITIS 107.6 and former international referee, Nikos Savvas.
Read what he specifically mentions about the two “hot” controversial phases (Guerrero dismissal and a penalty for Robers's hand) that caused strong complaints from the Limassol team.
In detail, Savvas's position on the refereeing of the derby…
Good Timotheos Christofi, There were two difficult phases in which VAR intervention and decision change has taken place. He gave three yellows and one red, he could give more yellows.
Christofi initially gave a yellow card to Grier and after a VAR intervention he was given a red card. The football player of Apollo, while he is in the air, makes a movement with his head to hit the ball, but he makes a dangerously similar movement with his left hand and hits Kaltsas on the head.
The referee who is very close sees no expediency of the Apollon football player to beat Kaltsas and gives a yellow card. The intervention of the VAR is because it considers that Guerrero played dangerously with his hand and maybe there is a purpose. The referee watching the phase on the TV camera agreed with the position of the VAR.
My personal opinion is that from what we have seen from the television camera, even if there was no expediency from the Apollon footballer, the movement of his hand is dangerous and inappropriate on his part. I believe that the referee and the VAR have made the right decision based on the arbitration rules.
PENALTY FOR ROBERZ HAND
The penalty was given after the intervention of the VAR. There is a hand-off by Roberts who was standing outside the area but the hand was inside the area. There is a body extension, the penalty has been given correctly.