Fortuna Sittard striker Sebastian Polter was the shameful of the evening after the cup switch off against NEC: the German striker caused a penalty in the extension and Fortuna finally fell by 3-2. Afterwards, Polter wanted to get a story from arbitrator Kevin Blom.
The Fortuna striker pulled on opponent Cas Odenthals shirt and saw Blom pointing at the dot. Polter, however, was aware of no evil. “Of course there was contact. This is a contact sport, isnt it?” , he informed ESPN afterwards. “But I did not knock him down, as he said (Blom, red.) I was trying to make myself wider. The ball went over us, it was not even clear that the defender (Odenthal, red.) could head…”
So Polter thought it was ridiculous that he was punished with a penalty. “Then we could give a penalty for any moment in our sixteen. How many times have I been knocked over? Then Im not gonna ask the referee if he wants to whistle. You should ask him yourself, but I dont think hes coming out…”
Before Blom and the players had searched the dressing room, Polter tried to enter into the discussion. It produced remarkable images: Blom obviously didnt feel much for an altercation, but Polter just as long waited demonstratively until he got his way. “I wanted to go inside with him. And ask me what I had done wrong. But I didnt get a response… It wasnt until he entered the dressing room that he said, “Stay out.” I did, because I respect the referee. But I still dont have an answer.”
“Sebastian Polter doesnt understand the penalty that Kevin Blom gave, by his hand. At the end of the game Blom pretended that Polter didnt exist.” He didnt speak to me. I still dont have an answer.” pic.twitter.com/MPDZRRMXWP
— ESPN NL (@ESPNnl) January 21, 2021