Pierre Ménès shocked by pro-OL arbitration in Troyes

Weaned from victories for several weeks, OL found their way back to success in Troyes on Sunday afternoon (0-1).

The match against ESTAC was decisive for Olympique Lyonnais, who won a hard-fought victory at the Aube stadium. While waiting for better days with a once again attractive game, this success is still good to take for Peter Bosz, in danger due to OL’s position in the second part of the ranking. Nevertheless, this match against Troyes will not be enough to reassure Lyon supporters, especially since the victory was won thanks to a very generous penalty awarded to Les Gones. On his blog Pierrot le Foot, the journalist Pierre Ménès also felt that Troyes should not have been sanctioned with a penalty for a totally involuntary hand from Palmer-Brown.

A scandalous penalty according to Pierre Ménès

“Lyon won at Troyes on a bewildering penalty whistled by the bewildering Mr. Brisard, who gets us one in every game. So I don’t mind there being Palmer-Brown’s hand but the ball hits two parts of his body, he’s back to the game and Dubois falls on him! Obviously, the regulations having changed, the VAR could not judge him but they could have asked him to go and see to confirm his impression. If we whistle penalties for that, we haven’t finished… Still, Dembélé transformed him and in the second period, OL did not master their subject at all but as ESTAC have means very limited offensives, the Gones did not experience any scares except on this last-minute opportunity on which Dubois saved the return from Ripart on his line. That’s 3 more points for Bosz’s men, who are back in the top ten with a late game. But we are still in the recovery phase…” judged Pierre Ménès, not yet thrilled by a Lyon team well helped by the refereeing on the lawn of Troyes on Sunday evening. A laborious but nevertheless capital success before the reception of Saint-Etienne in the derby on Friday at Groupama Stadium.

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