Champions League referee Tom Henning Ovrebo has been criticised following his performance during Bayern Munich’s 2-1 Champions league victory over Fiorentina.
Fiorentina boss Cesare Prandelli said a series of poor decisions from the official and his assistants cost his side at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.
Massimo Gobbi was harshly dismissed for an elbow on Robben before Miroslav Klose was only shown a yellow card for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Felipe in front of the linesman. Bayern then grabbed the win with a late goal for Klose, who was yards offside when he put the ball in from close range.
“We did everything right on the field,” Prandelli said. “We only failed to double up our marking on the linesman. There were some incidents that changed the game – Massimo Gobbi’s dismissal, Miroslav Klose not getting sent off and the offside goal.
“From the bench we already saw it was offside. It was not difficult to tell. We were all angry at the end, as everyone saw it was offside.”
Fiorentina midfielder Ricardo Montolivo told Rai Sport: “We played the game we wanted to play, but it’s really sad to see certain things happening at this stage of the Champions League.
“Even I saw the offside from the bench and it’s really frustrating that we were robbed like this. We are still on course to qualify, but we could have been in a better position if it wasn’t for the officials.”
Even Klose admitted that “it felt like I was offside” and Bayern boss Louis van Gaal said it was further evidence that video replays were required.
“It was clearly offside,” he said. “We have had a lot of luck with this goal but having said that we were unlucky because we missed three or four chances immediately beforehand.
“I’ve been banging on about this for ten years. There is so much interest in our world of football that we cannot any more go without technological assistance.”