PSG were pretty good in the first half tonight – and Liverpool were pretty bad – but the referee let us down.
Syzmon Marciniak for some reason decided to show Marco Verratti a yellow card when he definitely deserved a red for a horrible tackle on Joe Gomez – then needed the assistant behind the goal to give us the stonewall penalty that James Milner eventually converted!
He actually tried to give a corner originally, which would have been a genuine travesty given the fact Sadio Mane was scythed down inside the box.
It seems that with Marciniak, the only way to get a freekick is by rolling around like you’ve been shot, which is of course a massive benefit to PSG’s players, especially Neymar, who’s so brilliant a footballer but an absolutely heinous little cheat.
Here’s what fans on Twitter made of the first 45, in terms of the ref.
Ref's not got a scooby in this game…should make for an entertaining second half! #PSGLIV
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) November 28, 2018
As CL refs go, this guy doesn't send players off very often. Maybe he should. pic.twitter.com/xKy8gsgDvs
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) November 28, 2018
This ref is an absolute clueless prick.
— Ol' Dirty Barlow (@CrunchyBiscuit) November 28, 2018
Based on here and in past Premier League experiences: bald refs are crap.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) November 28, 2018
This ref is a disgrace but we’re struggling here. Come on Reds. #LFC
— Paul Jepson (@jpjepson) November 28, 2018
PSG getting more protection from the ref than FIFA's Fair Play regulations.
— NTX (@NTXaco) November 28, 2018
Wonder when the ref will take his free holiday to Qatar?
— Gareth (@LFCNuke) November 28, 2018
Ref is having a shocker as are we…….
— Paul Connolly (@redconno) November 28, 2018