Proof that Giroud DID NOT deserve the red card in PSG v Arsenal (video evidence)

Olivier Giroud was obviously in a bad mood for not playing from the start when he came on the pitch in last night’s game in Paris, but did the Arsenal striker really deserve a red card at the end?

For his first yellow it is true that perhaps the ref had missed the foul on Giroud when he gave a free kick to PSG, but Olivier made the mistake of shouting at the referee angrily for the second time, and earned a very unnecessary caution. Whatever happened to the RESPECT rule? And if there is one thing all footballers learn from an early age is that the referees decision is final, so just accept it and get on with the game!

But the second yellow (or was it a straight red?) was quite unfounded in my eyes. Yes Giroud did block Verratti originally, but when he stood up he was pushed from behind by Marquinhos, towards the back of Verratti, but there was no contact at all and the PSG man just through himself to the ground, causing the referee to stop the game and come over to deal with the situation, which resulted in both players being sent off.

Check out this video so you can see exactly what I’m talking about…..

See what I mean?

Giroud himself stated after the game that the referee had been “had” and that there was no reason for him to get another card, and I have to say I agree with him! Olly said: “We are taking a point from the Parc des Princes, which is a good thing when you think about the amount of chances that they had. I always prefer to start football matches. I had a discussion with the manager who said that I was still approaching my top physical condition. To be precise, he considered that I am on the tangent… The red card? Being on a yellow card already, I did not want to cause a storm. I block off Verratti, he throws himself on the floor and I do not understand it. Marquinhos shoves me from behind and I do not know how Verratti falls over again the second time, it escalates the entire thing.”

“I think that the referee was had, but in the end Verratti loses as much as me and gets sent off. I was honestly surprised by his behaviour. PSG’s dominance? It would not have been a scandal had PSG won the match. The game is about efficiency and realism. At the end of the match, we could have also taken it, but we are very happy with this point.”

I reckon Giroud was definitely hard done by, although he can’t be excused for acting so aggressively when he was brought on, but the worst thing is that apparently he can’t even appeal, according to UEFA rules!


  1. Break-on-through says:

    Absolutely comical!

    1. bran99 says:

      Verratti Didn’t deserve the red, only OG deserved that

      1. Phemy says:

        @bran99, I don’t know ur frustration with OG, but the truth needs to be said. Blocking happens every time in soccer. If u think he actually deserves red card for that, 88% of the players in the field are guilty of same offence. We don’t have to be sentimental in our judgement. We all new we played bad before the substitutions were made, but the bottom line is we got a draw which put us at an advantage.

  2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Giroud clothes lined him!

    1. Break-on-through says:

      He just blocked off his path, Verratti wasn’t going nearly quick enough for him to hit the ground like that. If that happened on a busy street you’d just say excuse me or could you get the **** out of me way. Verratti should have got booked for simulation, Marqhinios should have been booked twice for pushing.

      1. Fatboy Gooney says:

        Hahaha ?
        Mate, that was a typical bias, delusional larger lout Gooner comment! You made there. ? ?
        Yeah, Of course it wasn’t Girouds fault ?
        Verratti just run into a Lamp post Hahaha ?

    2. Phemy says:

      If you say Giraud deserves a card cos hiatus cloth lined verrati, what you got to say about Marquinhos push, twice on Giroud and was unpunished

  3. georgie b says:

    The club can have that reviewed and the red card rescinded yes?

  4. Ramos says:

    As much as I like verrati, I must say “he is a cheating c**p”.

  5. Fatboy Gooney says:

    Two wrongs don’t make a right and I have no sympathy for Giroud and as far as I’m concerned he was begging to be sent off from the moment he came on.
    The two separate incidents where he was arguing ( in an aggressive way) with the Ref where enough to warrant a yellow card for each occasion.

    Was Giroud rebelling against Wenger’s decision to bench him? … Maybe!
    He must have been moaning about it, to the point where the news got leaked by one of Giroud’s close pals in the media.

    Personally, I would punish Giroud for his unprofessional behaviour and only play him in the league cup games for now.

  6. Ronny331 says:

    Cynical block from giroud which deserved a second yellow. No straight red though. Either way he got out the wrong side of the bed that morning!

    1. Fatboy Gooney says:

      Exactly! ?
      Giroud’s ego needs a few ice bucket challenges to bring it back to reality. ? He is nowhere near as good as he thinks he is and he was obviously angry at been bench.
      Some fan’s are suggesting that the Booing and whistles that he received whilst warming up was to blame but I didn’t see that effect him at the Euro’s which was far worse when playing for his beloved national team.

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