Bjorn Kuipers performance as referee in last night’s Champions League group stage encounter between Inter and Borussia Monchengladbach was far from convincing according to a report in today’s print edition of Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
In the 25th minute the Dutchman failed to penalise Borussia Monchengladbach Breel Embolo for his tackle on Inter wing-back Danilo D’Ambrosio
On the hour mark Kuipers waved away Borussia Monchengladbach’s calls for a penalty when Arturo Vidal tackled Marcus Thuram.
He was advised to take another look by VAR and overturned his decision and awarded a penalty, which was scored.
Kuipers also never booked Ramy Bensebaini for his tackle on Matteo Darmian and he was not the only Gladbach player to escape punishment for their tackles on the Italian who was making his Inter debut.
In the 82nd minute, the ball came off of Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer’s arm in the penalty box but Kuipers nor VAR took any action on this.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s goal in the 84th minute through Jonas Hofmann was subjected to a long VAR check due to his positioning, not when the initial ball was played but following the flick from Alassane Plea.
In the end he was only just kept on side by Stefan de Vrij but the official VAR images with all of the lines were not released.