OL were eliminated from the Coupe de France on Wednesday (2-0) by AS Monaco. But after the meeting, Rudi Garcia repeatedly lambasted the arbitration of Stéphanie Frappart, guilty according to him of bad decisions for his team.
OL will not win the Coupe de France this season. Rudi Garcia’s team was eliminated at the quarter-finals on Wednesday, losing 10 to 11 against AS Monaco (0-2). But after the game, the Gones coach blasted Stéphanie Frappart’s refereeing.
“Not the first time …”
“We were not nervous. We were just motivated. I think the refereeing tonight was not at the level of the two teams, it happens, said Rudi Garcia at a press conference. Sometimes the players are not good , sometimes the coaches are not good and other times the referees are not good. It happens but when it is too contrary like that … Unfortunately with this referee, it is not the first time that our results are not in line with what we should have had. I blame the goal denied to Houssem Aouar here against OM. I blame the disapproved goal of Karl-Toko Ekambi against Metz as proof . “
OL conceded a penalty on Wednesday, transformed by Wissam Ben Yedder, in the 54th. Fault on the action, Sinaly Diomandé received a second yellow card and therefore caused this penalty. A few minutes earlier (50th), Maxwel Cornet had certainly thought of opening the scoring but his goal was refused for a very minimal offside position.
“That Memphis is suspended is very unfair”
But Rudi Garcia was angry with Stéphanie Frappart. The OL coach did not digest the yellow card inflicted on Memphis Depay (68th), guilty according to the referee of having simulated in the box. “That we do not whistle the penalty, that’s not a problem. He was penalized for a simulation but he was fouled, we reviewed the images. It is Fofana’s fault. tax no simulation when it was not the case, railed Garcia. You have to know that the players know where they are in relation to the discipline. They are told. Memphis knew he should not do anything to take a card and especially not to simulate because we talked about it before the match. “
Consequently, Memphis Depay will be suspended in principle for the Ligue 1 meeting, the next 2, again against AS Monaco. “I do not know if the referees are aware of who is exposed. We have an end of the championship to play, it is also played on the players present on the lawn or not. See Memphis suspended for this card there, it would be very unfair, Garcia regretted. These are also the repercussions of tonight’s mistakes, but it can happen to be having a bad night, it can happen. “
“I preferred it when there was no fourth referee”
The attitude of Rudi Garcia during the match against AS Monaco was also singled out by the referee camp. “I preferred it before when there was no fourth referee. We were grumbling on our own in our corner and we weren’t threatened with expulsion like I was. It’s a shame. When you’re not. disrespectful in terms, and that you are pestering all alone in your corner, ending up with a yellow card because that is what the fourth referee asked for … A little discussion on the edge of the sideline, it can do good too, launched the coach of OL. There are issues, tension, we understand the tension of the referees but they must understand ours. is not very serious. When we are wrong auatnt, we must admit it. At least on the yellow card of Memphis, it is necessary to be logical. The match, we will not change it any more. “
Fourth in Ligue 1 after 33 days, OL still have 5 games to play this season to continue to believe in a qualification for the next Champions League. The next two meetings promise to be decisive with the reception of Lille this Sunday (9 p.m.), then the trip to Monaco on May 2.