The intently contested Ajax-Arsenal qualifier tie for the Girls’s Champions League 2022/23 group stage at Sportcomplex De Toekomst was marred by the visiting aspect’s profitable declare that the goalposts put in place had been 10cm brief. The incident occured shortly earlier than kick off and resulted within the change of posts forward of the match.
Within the post-match interview, Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall mentioned that they found the distinction within the goalpost dimension in the course of the heat up forward of the match and referred to as for it to be modified again.
“It has been a bizarre expertise coming right here and enjoying an enormous membership like Ajax and we’ve got to measure the targets and it turned out they had been 10cm too small. I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it,” Eidevall was quoted by Arselblog put up match.
With the tie evenly poised after a 2-2 in London, Ajax had the chance to stun the workforce who completed second within the 2022/23 FA Girls’s Tremendous League. Nevertheless, a aim from Vivianne Miedema simply after half time sealed the deal for the North London membership at present on prime of the WSL factors desk.
The match, as evident by the scoreline, brought about a flare within the temperatures on a number of events over the 2 legs and the incident forward of the kickoff in Ajax didn’t assist to it.
Case of the concussion sub
Within the remaining minutes of the match, Arsenal had been compelled to complete the sport with 10 gamers on the pitch with ahead Beth Mead taken off after a blow to her head. It’s right here that Arsenal determined to make use of Lina Hurtig as a concussion sub which was disallowed by the fourth official, leaving the Swedish supervisor fuming.
I feel UEFA eliminated the concussion sub, they nonetheless have the concussion protocol however the physician makes the choice,” Eidevall mentioned.
“There isn’t a doubt that Beth Mead must be taken off. The issue that I’ve is that I requested the fourth official if we are able to do a concussion sub and she or he says ‘sure.’ Then after we are making ready Lina and after we are about to do it she says ‘no.’ We had a break for 2-3 minutes whereas Beth was handled, we’d have been speaking about tips on how to play with ten. That misinformation from the referee… I don’t perceive it. It’s such a easy query to reply sure or no.”