Feyenoord’s victory over PEC Zwolle (2-1), in the Eredivisie, marked a controversial move. In the 71st minute, Michael van der Werf touched the ball with his hand and kept it away from Brian Linsen, who was isolated in front of the opponent’s goalkeeper.
The Zwolle defender ended up seeing a yellow card, in a decision and Martin van den Kerkhove that sparked controversy, specifically from those responsible for Feyenoord who demanded a heavier punishment. In order to calm things down, the Dutch judge had an unusual attitude and went to the express interview area to explain the situation.
“I know there were a lot of people who thought it was a red card, but I couldn’t give it because there was no certainty that Linsen would get the ball. If that happened, then yes, it was a clear goal chance and the penalty should have been different. From my angle I have Serious doubts that he will keep the ball, so I chose yellow. I have already reviewed the photos and am sure of my decision,” he said.
When asked about the VAR’s intervention, Van den Kerkhove was emphatic.
“I was in a good position and reported this to the VAR. He should only contact me if this is an obvious mistake and I don’t think that is the case.”
– ESPN NL (ESPNnl) March 13, 2022
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