The referee of the Chelsea-Barcelona match in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final in 2009, Tom Henning Ovrebo, admitted mistakes, indicating that he should have awarded at least one penalty kick for the “Blues” in the meeting that led the “Blaugrana” to the final “Champions League”. “.
And the Norwegian referee spoke in an interview with the English newspaper the Daily Mail, about that evening, for which he became famous among the Chelsea fans.
“I don’t think Chelsea fans are right when they say there should have been 4 or 5 penalties, but I think everyone who works in football and is familiar with the regulations can say that there should have been at least one penalty,” Ofribo said.
On that evening, the Chelsea team demanded from Ovrebo to award five penalty kicks, two of which were correct due to two handballs from Pique and Eto’o in the last minutes of the match, but the referee did not award either of them, and Barcelona, in turn, qualified for the final with a wonderful goal scored by Andres Iniesta in the last minutes.
The first leg at that time ended in a goalless draw between the two teams, and Iniesta’s goal came at Stamford Bridge to equalize Essien’s goal and lead Barcelona to the Champions League final against Manchester United, which was hosted by Rome.
“I think that the end of the game would have been a lot easier for us if Iniesta had not scored a goal, Chelsea would have reached the final, and no one would have cared about not awarding penalties,” the Norwegian added.
And Ovrebo added: “If there was VAR that evening, some of my decisions would have been different, but I can’t keep thinking always about my performance, because I think I did my best, I was able to learn from my mistakes, and I think that’s the most important, I can’t Regret my decisions, I’ve made many mistakes in my 40-year career, and I can’t regret all of them.”
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