Babbel blows up deluxe after City penalty decision

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Markus Babbel believes the penalty that granted Melbourne City their opening goal in Friday night’s entertaining 3-2 defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers ‘changed everything’ when it comes to the result.

In one of the most compelling A-League press conference moments in recent memory, the Wanderers boss stirred up quite the storm on social media after unleashing an explicit tirade when questioned as to whether Chris Beath’s 55th minute decision was the correct one.

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“Is this a serious question? No comment,” he said.

But there were in fact a collection of memorable comments that followed:

“You’re not blind, you know. Write it down.

“You have two eyes? Do you understand the game a bit?

“Have a look. If you can see something then respect on your and the referees quality.”

One area Babbel did elaborate upon were his thoughts on the overall impact of the decision.

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His outfit delivered one of their most promising halves of football all season to lead the competition pace-setters 1-0 at the break.

But their resistance was broken ten minutes into the second period after Pirmin Schwegler was adjudged to have denied Denis Genreau an opportunity at attacking a cross in the area.

After a consultation with VAR the penalty decision was upheld, providing Jamie Maclaren a platform to equalise with his first of two goals on the night.

Babbel said the controversial decision had a significant role to play in the eventual outcome of the contest.

“It changed everything,” he said.

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“Before then I never had a feeling they could score a goal because the boys defended fantastically.

“Melbourne City are very strong and can come in behind you, but for me I could never see a chance until then.

“It changed the whole game, but I promised in a big talk with the referees that I’m not saying anything about them.”

Feature image credit: Jaime Castaneda

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Chris Curulli
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Passionate Sports Media student and all round football obsessive, covering the Western Sydney Wanderers for the 2019/20 season.

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