Borussia Dortmund is enraged by terrible decision to rule out Jude Bellingham goal for tackle on Ederson
Borussia Dortmund took off furiously at the decision to rule out Jude Bellingham’s goal for a foul on Ederson, with the referee whistling BEFORE he scored so VAR couldn’t drown it out – as the England midfielder insists: ‘I won the ball fairly ‘
Jude Bellingham revealed his confusion over the decision to retire instead of letting him score a crucial goal for Borussia Dortmund last night.
Bellingham had robbed Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson of possession and strode towards goal before half-time of the Champions League quarter-final.
But Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan blew for a foul before Bellingham tapped into an empty net and the move could therefore not be judged by VAR.
Dortmund was angry because the referee ruled out a goal from Jude Bellingham for a foul on Ederson
Bellingham appeared to win the ball cleanly and was ready to roll the ball into an unguarded net
Jude Bellingham has the ball in the back of the net vs. Man City … but the referee says no!
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 6, 2021
Mark Clattenburg on Jude Bellingham’s non-goal on Tuesday
Jude Bellingham and Borussia Dortmund did not get a clear equalizer.
Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson tried to be smart by tapping the ball before swiping it away, but Bellingham came in first. He stole – reasonable – possession of the ball and then had a completely empty goal to score.
Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan had an unobstructed view, but felt there had been a foul and therefore whistled. Repetitions showed that this was not the case.
Unfortunately for Bellingham, VAR was unable to come to his aid, as the whistle was blown before the ball crossed the line.
Remember how Lewis Dunk’s goal in the Premier League for Brighton didn’t hold up because the whistle was blown before going in? That happened here too. It prevented VAR from intervening.
“I absolutely think I won the ball fairly,” said Bellingham. ‘I was only told that I was booked and that it was a free kick. Apparently I had my studs up.
‘They have so many cameras and TVs to watch but didn’t wait for me to check. You have to get started. ‘
During an adult interview on BT Sport, the 17-year-old England international joked that he sustained a cut on his knee during the night after chasing Kevin De Bruyne, who scored the opener.
Marco Reus equalized, but Phil Foden’s late winner gives City a slim one-goal advantage ahead of next week’s return game in Germany.
“We frustrated them well when they had the ball,” added Bellingham.
‘They found it difficult to destroy us. Our goal is a brilliant game. We’re disappointed to give in so late, but we’ll try to use that out target next week.
‘City is brilliant, one of the best teams in the world – if not the best. It’s frustrating, but we’ll move on. ‘
Former Citizens players Owen Hargreaves and Joleon Lescott also spoke candidly about their frustration with the decision about BT Sport during half time.
Hargreaves said, “The referee’s whistle is too early. Bellingham gets the ball first, he wins it, if something is wrong with Ederson!
“If you’re a player, you know if you won the ball and he knew it.”
He (the referee) had two big calls in the game, he got them both wrong. Dortmund will be furious. ‘
The referee whistled to award a free kick to City just before Bellingham tapped home
The referee, bizarrely enough, gave the 17-year-old midfielder a yellow card for his role in the incident
Lescott added: “Even the decision to give Rodri a penalty, you can overwhelm the referee a bit.”
Bellingham’s Dortmund team-mate Jadon Sancho, who will miss both games against Pep Guardiola’s side due to an injury, tweeted his perplexed reaction during the match.
He said, “This umpire needs to be checked!” with a hand-planted emoji, while Borussia Dortmund’s official English-language account just tweeted five question marks.
Former Birmingham player Bellingham later posted a photo of him with a toe on the ball, followed by an eyes emoji and a point.
City boss Pep Guardiola, who saw his side squander some representative opportunities, promised his side not to lean back on the lead next week.
“We weren’t smart with the ball in the first half,” said Guardiola. The second half was much better. We have to analyze this game and we go there to score goals and win. ‘