June 4, 2017

Cuadrado vs Sergio Ramos: The community's majority thinks no sanction should have been issued

Colombian international Juan Cuadrado has become the first player sent off in a UEFA Champions League final since Jens Lehmann was controversially dismissed by Norway's Terje Hauge in 2006 and the first ever following a second yellow card. During the 83rd minute of yesterday's 1:4 loss against Real Madrid, he behaved unsportingly against Real's Sergio Ramos in the eyes of referee Felix Brych.

This screenshot shows the moment of the stamp.

Sergio Ramos' reaction has been widely perceived as simulation in the media. As the video angle from behind the goal suggests, though, Cuadrado did deliberately stamp on Ramos' foot while crossing his path for the throw-in. The assistant referee, focussed on the upper part of the players' bodies, had no chance to support the referee in judging the action.


We have asked you how you would have decided at the referee's place. And these are the results after 632 votes:


The majority of the voters plead in favour of not issuing any disciplinary sanction and, presumably, would have considered showing presence and warning both players as enough. More than a third supports Felix Brych's decision to send Cuadrado off - a minority even thinks he should have dismissed him with a direct red card. And some - 16,5% - would even go so far to caution Sergio Ramos for simulation and feinting an injury.

A fifth alternative was not presented in the poll: Cautioning both players, resulting in sending both of them off. What do you think - would that have been a technically possible and practically reasonable solution?

13 Comments:

  1. And yet another catch of the Cuadrado/Ramos-incident:

    https://vimeo.com/220185699

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    1. Having Cuadrado's approach in mind, it's deserved 2nd YC. Thanks for that. Well done, Felix Brych!

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    2. Thanks, DutchRef. Here it does not look like a stamp, but like a deliberate trip (no accident). A yellow card can, maybe should be given, even though you can argue that in a UCL final this is not enough. Part of that might stem from Ramos feinting an injury in a dramatical way there. This perceived unfairness might relativize Cuadrado's offence - this plus the inconsistent line Brych had applied previously in terms of stud offences put it in a special, rather unlucky light.

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    3. In front of this image, YC is possible. So no crucial mistake. But it's pity for football that's Ramos behavior isn't punished. By the way, very difficult for German crew to see perfect way of this action. Acceptable decision so far.

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    1. Of course not. That is the one way to lose all credibility. Throughout my training, every instructor has been 100% clear: it is either a foul OR simulation.

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  3. I believe the poll's current results depict the situation quite nicely. It is simply unclear. 40% pro no card, 38% pro 2nd YC Cuadrado, 19% pro 2nd YC Ramos. In other words: How the referee had ever decided, he would have been wrong in the eyes of many...

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  4. Both deserved a 2nd yellow card in my opinion

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  5. where is our comment of yesterday?

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  6. Didier Drogba was also sent off in 2007-2008 UCL final.

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    1. You're right qi :) The referee was Lubos Michel :)

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