In the 80th minute of last night’s game, while TFC were up 1-0, Alejandro Pozuelo threw the ball in for Ayo Akinola, who received the ball on the edge of the penalty area. A D.C. United player came charging in and brought him down, quite ferociously, but the referee didn’t call a penalty.
As you can see from the video below, the D.C. player clattered Akinola, not getting any of the ball. Usually, that is a straight red and a penalty, but not only did referee Robert Sibiga (who had a clear view of the foul) not call the penalty, he didn’t check with VAR either. Have a look for yourself:
That’s gonna have to be a “hmm” from me chief pic.twitter.com/Wvpz1oGU8J— Eric Giacometti (@Eric_Giacometti) June 30, 2019
Altidore, never one to hide his opinion on things, tweeted this on Saturday morning:
MLS refs are some of the worst in the world. Absolutely horrible. https://t.co/XDBeERVlwQ— Jozy Altidore (@JozyAltidore) June 30, 2019
Jay Chapman also made his opinion clear, sharing a tweet with a camera emoji:
Proud of the boys tonight, deserved more...— Jay Chapman (@jaychappers) June 30, 2019
D.C. United got a penalty, and scored it, in the dying moments of the match, after another controversial non-call. Richie Laryea was fouled before the corner that led to D.C. United’s penalty, but referee Robert Sibiga didn’t call that one either. It wasn’t a good look for Sibiga, MLS or the use of VAR technology.