Peter Schmeichel raged at Dominik Szoboszlai when Liverpool scored the opener, against Aston Villa after feeling Mohamed Salah was ‘obscuring’ Emiliano Martinez’s view.
The legendary goalkeeper admitted he was “upset” by the call as he showed “no disrespect” to the referees and VAR but they were “never” in goal so they don’t understand, he said Premier League Productions (09/03/23 at 14:55).
It was Dominik Szoboszlai who scored the first goal for an upbeat Liverpool at Anfield, deflecting from the edge of the box and then firing in the goal.
But as Szoboszlai executed his shot, a camera angle shows the Aston Villa man between the posts, who had to step to the right to get a clear view of the shot because Mohamed Salah, who would be on the scoresheet in the second half, as his team won 3-0, got in his way before going left to save the try.
Despite protests from Villa bank, including claims that a complaint had been filed, the gate stood.
But that didn’t please ex-villa keeper Schmeichel, who expressed his feelings quite clearly.
“You can see very clearly that his (Martinez) view is compromised,” said Schmeichel. “When you face a shot like that as a goalkeeper, there are two things: you want to be in the right line to give yourself a chance and you also want to attack the ball.”
“But Mo Salah is right with his point of view and to see the ball he actually has to go to the other side where the ball lands to see him hit the ball so he opens that side of the goal . I honestly don’t understand why it doesn’t bother.
“This is a clear case where the goalkeeper cannot see the ball. It is quite clear that he is limited in his vision. So how can referees and VAR talk about training and not the wording of the law?” ?! (Schmeichel quarreled with ex-referee Dermot Gallagher, who defended the goal standing).
“Dermot, may I interrupt, no disrespect to the referees. But as far as I know, there has never been a referee in the goal. Let me tell you, that has a direct impact on what the goalkeeper does – how can someone sitting in front of a TV screen in the VAR room say they don’t have enough (Salah faces Martinez) to save? the ball? How can you judge that?!
“You saw the last-minute saves Pickford made yesterday. How do you know he’s going to save this? You do not know that. I’m a little upset. It’s a practice and interpretation by people who have never been in goal.”
Another VAR controversy
For the second year in a row, a controversial VAR call ensued with a player blocking the goalkeeper’s view.
Manchester City’s second goal in Saturday’s 5-1 win over Fulham should not have counted as Nathan Ake blocked Bernd Leno’s view.
However, to the annoyance of Marco Silva and even the approval of Erling Haaland, that goal was enough for the 2-1 equalizer before Man City scored three points.
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