Suspend Gianluca Rocchi from leading Champions League fixtures

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On the 5th of November, something incredibly strange happened in the Champions League fixture between Chelsea and Ajax. 

To put things in row: 

  • An possible foul on Daley Blind
  • A definite foul from Daley Blind, but the referee gives advantage
  • A shot on goal, hands from Joël Veltman.

The referee decides to give both players a second yellow card for their fouls. And gives a penalty to Chelsea for an hands ball in the goal area.

People on Twitter found an shocking conclusion. Rocchi didn’t use the rules correctly. He booked both players. When actually: only Blind had the right to be booked by the referee. This is straight out of the rules book. An screenshot of this can be find in the link below this text.

Link to Twitter post

Rules book (page 107)

An wrong usage of the rules is shocking for a match on such an high level. And this is not the first time Rocchi reaches the media. He was also suspended for leading fixtures in the Serie A for matchfixing. He also gave an player 2 yellow cards for 2 fouls in the same attack.

Suspended for matchfixing

2 fouls, same attack.

Not only Rocchi, but also his VAR team failed this night. By not seeing the possible foul on Blind, but also by not seeing that the 2-4 from Chelsea was definitely offside. Otherwise the goal from the previous fixture, from Promes. Also wasn’t offside.

The UEFA has to look into this. We can’t do anything about the result. But we can prevent more faults made by this referee on such an high level.

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