Referee Bas Nijhuis appeared after the end of Feyenoord-Heracles Almelo pecked in front of ESPNs microphone. The arbitrator declined a goal early in the match, but would have visibly not done that.
Nijhuis initially let the game continue after Alireza Jahanbakhsh handed out a body check to Giacomo Quagliata, after which Luis Sinisterra scored. De Tukker still made the walk of shame to the VAR screen and disapproved the hit. “Walk of shame, yes… “, says Nijhuis. “Then I see it and I think: come on, say. It must be clear and obvious to bring the referee to the side and not for this kind of thing.”
In the end, he approved the goal anyway. “But I got more of the procedure. We agreed: only step in if its clear and obvious. If I was VAR myself? Then I wouldnt intervene. Because these are situations: an referee may or may not whistle for that.”
“On the field, I went along in that course, but in the quiet I came into the dressing room: you can be glad that the doors are still in the dressing room. I was really angry, I was really angry. I just shouldnt have gone to the screen. Im gonna take that to myself, but I do suck it. Now Feyenoord wins (2-1, ed.) and no one talks about it. But if it stays 1-1, you do have a defining mistake.”
Bas Nijhuis makes a lot of fun after the intervention of the VAR 🤯 “You can be glad that the doors are still in the dressing room. I was really mad.” #️ ⃣ #FEYHER pic.twitter.com/WLYnsEoJyD
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