Fluminense president blasts refereeing in Recopa loss to LDU

Mário Bittencourt criticizes officials and media silence over missed penalties, as the team faces uphill battle in return leg.
Desmond Efe-Khaese
2024-02-23 13:24:18

In the aftermath of Fluminense’s loss to LDU in the CONMEBOL Recopa, Mário Bittencourt, the president of Fluminense, took to social media to express his frustration over the officiating, particularly the decision not to award a penalty to Germán Cano. Despite VAR’s intervention, the referee, Andrés Rojas, allowed play to continue, a move that bewildered Bittencourt and many fans.


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Bittencourt highlighted his astonishment and dissatisfaction, saying, “As regrettable as the referee’s absurd error in not awarding the penalty to Cano, it leaves me astonished that part of the sports press ignores the fact that, in addition to the push, Cano was stepped on on his left foot inside the area. There were two penalties in the same move, a push and a stomp!”

This sentiment was echoed by Fluminense midfielder Felipe Melo, who criticized the press for overlooking the refereeing decisions during the post-game press conference. The controversy underscores the team’s challenges as they prepare for the return game, needing a two-goal victory to clinch the cup.