Mbappé’s controversial goal in the Nations League final against Spain continues to kick in. With opinions divided between whether or not it was offside, Iturralde González has revealed what happened to the referees after the crash. As the former referee learned in El Larguero, these were congratulated by UEFA for their performance. Somewhat understandable considering that the arbitration body of the highest European body is unanimous: the play was not offside.
“They did not give the greatest importance to this play because within the arbitration group they have it very clear: it is offside, “said Iturralde.”They gave much more importance to the possible hand of Koundé because the referee’s criterion enters much more. The only thing where it had more influence is to know the reason why that hand had not been a penalty. Many times we would like things to be different, but the reality is that they are as they are, “he added.
El Larguero also had the opinion of another former referee, Esquinas Torres, who believes that the play should have been annulled due to the French forward’s illegal position. “I am sorry to disagree with Iturralde and with the official opinion. Mbappé decisively affects all of Eric García’s movements. He is his marker, and everything he does on the play is conditioned by Mbappé.
“It is an interpretive decision. Interference is something that is interpreted, so another referee may think otherwise, although I doubt that it is active. For Roberto Rosetti, the equivalent of Velasco Carballo (head of referees in Spain) in UEFA, the play is well refereedIturralde argued, who responded in turn that “you have to know how to interpret what is read, and you know it. There is no defender who can interfere with the passing of the ball. Eric García is framed in a situation of interfering with the ball, It is not the situation that you expose. “