An offended Ian Baraclough was left “aggravated and appalled” by a controversial pink card for Jamal Lewis which he felt proved decisive as Switzerland’s 2-0 win in Geneva successfully ended Northern Eire’s World Cup hopes.
Lewis collected a second yellow card within the thirty seventh minute of the match, with referee Slavko Vincic deciding the 17 seconds he took over a throw-in was far too lengthy.
The Slovenian official appeared to have forgotten he had already booked Lewis for a tug on Breel Embolo, however after a pause he produced the pink card to vary the character of the sport – finally settled as Steven Zuber and Christian Fassnacht scored in stoppage time of both half.
“I do not assume I will say what I need to say with out stepping into hassle to be trustworthy,” Baraclough stated. “I am aggravated and appalled by the choice to present somebody a yellow card with out even warning the participant.
“Whether or not he thinks it’s time-wasting or not, you usually go as much as a participant and inform him to rush up otherwise you’ll do one thing about it. However he did not get any warning in any respect.
“Whether or not he has been swayed by Swiss gamers or the gang, I believe the event received to him. I believe he realised when he pulled out the yellow card that he had forgotten he had already booked Jamal. I believe their gamers would say the identical type of factor. It is modified the whole complexion of the sport.”
Requested if he had been in a position to communicate to the officers throughout or after the match, Baraclough added: “No, not one of the officers needed to present any rationalization. And that is not misplaced in translation, they’ll communicate English.
“It is one thing we have now to tackle the chin, however you anticipate officers at this degree to get choices proper as a rule. I believe we had been on the tip of a poor one.”
Defeat leaves Northern Eire six factors behind the Swiss within the struggle for second place in Group C. With solely three video games remaining, their possibilities of incomes a play-off place are all however over.
And for controversy to come back in a World Cup qualifier in opposition to Switzerland – simply because it did 4 years in the past when Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty for a disputed handball settled the play-off between these two nations – was a painful irony.
“Is that one thing that occurs with a so-called minnow in opposition to an even bigger facet? Coincidence or not, it is arduous to take at this second in time,” Baraclough added.
“The Swiss are an excellent soccer facet, they have good gamers and actually good people. We knew it was going to be a troublesome sport tonight so that you want choices to go your manner. I believe we have been on the tip of a really, very poor determination.”
Northern Eire weren’t the one ones shocked by Lewis’ pink card. Each benches had jumped up when Vincic blew his whistle, and Switzerland coach Murat Yakin admitted he feared one in all his personal workers members was in hassle.
“I truly did not realise the scenario,” stated Yakin, whose facet had an early Denis Zakaria strike dominated out for offside. “I used to be shocked. My workers members had been leaping up and getting excited and I believed when the pink card was proven it was to one in all my workers members and never for the participant.
“However total I do not assume this was decisive for the match. With our efficiency we managed the match already earlier than. We had been very centered, even after the offside ‘purpose’ within the first minutes, we did not cease.
“We had extra strain, we tried to assault, and perhaps the one factor we will say is we did not profit from all of our possibilities to attain. We fought to the tip and created extra alternatives.”
Lennon, Brunt fume at Lewis pink
Former Northern Eire worldwide Neil Lennon tells Sky Sports activities:
“The referee does not warn him, does not blow the whistle, however he walks over to him, blows the whistle, and provides him a second yellow card.
“It is shambolic, I’ve by no means seen a participant given a second yellow card for time-wasting on 36 minutes in any sport in my life.”
Former Northern Eire worldwide Chris Brunt:
“The referee, with the gang booing, has pulled the yellow card out after which realised he has to ship him off. You’ll be able to half see it on his face.”
Northern Eire journey to Bulgaria on Tuesday evening in a must-win World Cup qualifying encounter, dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer; kick-off at 7.45pm.