Holland star Matthijs De Ligt SENT OFF for cynical handball to stop Patrik Schick getting in on goal in Euro 2020 last-16 clash with Czech Republic… after VAR Stuart Attwell told Russian referee to review his initial booking
Holland defender Matthijs De Ligt has caused calamity for his team by being sent off for deliberate handball in their round-of-16 tie against Czech Republic.
The Juventus centre-back was back-peddling to deal with a ball in behind with Czech striker Patrik Schick bearing down on him, when he lost his footing.
Schick looked certain to have a goal-scoring opportunity inside the penalty area when De Ligt cynically flung out a hand and stopped the ball.
Matthijs De Ligt was sent off for Holland after a cynical hand-ball against the Czech Republic
The centre-back’s deliberate handball denied Patrik Schick (right) a goalscoring opportunity
Referee Sergei Karasev initially gave De Ligt a yellow card to the protests of the Czech team
Referee Sergei Karasev initially gave De Ligt a yellow card to the fury of the Czech players, when VAR referee Stuart Atwell told him to review his decision on the screen.
Having gone to the monitor to look at the incident again, Karasev overturned his decision and sent De Ligt off.
ITV commentator Ally McCoist felt De Ligt was in trouble as soon as VAR checked the decision.
‘I’m saying yes (he stopped a goalscoring opportunity),’ he said. ‘Patrik Shick was through with (goal-keeper Maarten) Stekelenburg to beat.’
Holland are 2-0 down against Czech Republic in the second half.
Karasev went to review his decision on the monitor after VAR referee Stuart Atwell said to
After seeing the incident again, Karasev overturned his decision and showed De Ligt a red card