Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Spain’s Paredes escapes charges despite claims of biased referees in England’s Euro 2022 defeat

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Paredes claims the game, which took place “in England”, influenced the officials’ decision not to review the Lionesses’ first goal

Jorge Vilda’s side led until Ella Toone equalized in the 84th minute. In the build-up, Lionesses forward Alessia Russo was tangled with a trio of Spanish defenders and Paredes fell to the ground.

Irene Paredes will avoid punishment from Uefa despite seemingly accusing referee Stephanie Frappart of favoring England as they knocked Spain out of Euro 2022. I understands.

Paredes, Spain’s captain, said it was a “very clear foul” when he addressed Spanish media after the game but insisted officials “didn’t want a review because you’re in England”. The centre-back was still on the pitch while Toone scored the opening goal for England to propel the tie into extra time.

Georgia Stanway’s spectacular long-range effort in the 96th minute secured the hosts’ place in the semis – but according to Paredes it should never have happened as she couldn’t jump when Russo “elbowed me in the neck”.

“We were good but they score a goal that they don’t want to check because they’re in England,” Paredes said. “It’s complicated. Then they score a great goal and the game ends with a corner in our favour.

“It’s true that we had more chances and didn’t waste them. But there are details that detract from the fact that we made a great game.

“We have equipment [VAR] for that and much more, but we’re out again. It’s very difficult when the team can go further. Leaving in the quarterfinals is tough.”

I understands that Paredes’ comments were not taken into account in either the referee’s report or the report of the governing body delegates. It means the La Roja skipper evaded further action despite her team-mate’s complaints lasting long after the final whistle.

Spain’s quest for their relatively early elimination will not end there, however, as they were widely touted as tournament favorites and looked like they had done enough to knock out England.

Vilda had once again turned to Esther Gonzalez to lead the attack after dropping her midway through the group stage. That decision paid off when the striker scored, but Spain’s chances were thwarted by the absence of Alexia Putellas and Jenni Hermoso before a ball was even played.

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