The press conference after the 1: 2 (1: 0) of FSV Mainz 05 at Bayern Munich was almost over when coach Bo Svensson himself had a question and shot the journalists present.
“Are you really not asking about the penalty scene?”, The coach called into the virtual room and said smugly: “If you were a Dortmund reporter, you would definitely ask …”
A journalist from Mainz did him a favor – and Svensson scolded the “clear penalty” as if on cue. He couldn’t understand at all that the video assistant hadn’t intervened when Dayot Upamecano fouled Jae-Sung Lee (19th). The action brought back memories of the key scenes in the classic between BVB and Bayern (2: 3) last weekend.
Svensson (42) said he could understand that referee Benjamin Cortus rated the scene “in the game with the pace” as not worthy of a penalty. However, the VAR is there precisely to intervene. “I don’t understand that the referee won’t watch it again,” the Dane grumbled: “It’s not a difficult scene to assess.”
Svensson explained that the only reason he didn’t protest too loudly during the game was “because I was 70 meters away. Had I seen the replay, like the dear referee in the video room, it would have been difficult for me to get out without a yellow card.”