Stuivenberg shares what Gabriel told him about yellow in Arsenal loss
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Stuivenberg shares what Gabriel told him about yellow in Arsenal loss

Albert Stuivenberg has claimed that Gabriel Magalhaes received a first yellow card for asking why Arsenal did not receive a first-half penalty when Manchester City then got a spot-kick after the break – in comments reported by Football London.

Those who did not watch Saturday’s clash would be forgiven for thinking Arsenal had a ridiculous collapse. They went into the second-half 1-0 up against the champions.

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However, within three minutes, just before the hour-mark, Gabriel had received two yellow cards. City meanwhile, had scored an equaliser in between, with Riyad Mahrez converting a penalty.

Granit Xhaka made a silly mistake giving Bernardo Silva reason to go to ground. Silva certainly made the most of the opportunity.


The referee initially gave nothing. But he changed his mind and pointed to the spot after being told to look again on the pitch-side monitor.

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The frustration the Arsenal fans felt was exacerbated by Martin Odegaard not winning a first-half penalty. On that occasion, Ederson appeared to catch the Norwegian before making contact with the ball.

Interestingly, the referee was not advised to look again.

Gabriel was booked before City took their penalty. Initially, it appeared to be for attempting to scuff up the spot before Mahrez stepped up.

However, Stuivenberg suggested that the card was shown for another – more puzzling – reason.

“He mentioned to me that about the first penalty moment, about Odegaard and he said ‘what happened there then?’ So no dirty language was used or anything like that. It was just a comment. That is what Gabriel told me,” he said, as reported by Football London, when asked what he said to the referee to get booked.

Gabriel can feel hard done by for first yellow, but Arsenal defender made a big mistake for second caution

If Stuivenberg is correct, Gabriel can feel incredibly hard done by for picking up that first yellow card. Asking Stuart Attwell for an explanation seems totally reasonable given the circumstances.

Certainly, you cannot strongly argue with those Arsenal fans who question why both penalty decisions were not checked to the same degree.

However, Gabriel got it all wrong for the foul that led to a second yellow being shown. It was a terrible decision from the defender – who has been outstanding this season.

He may have felt incredibly frustrated at that moment. But he only hurt Arsenal further by letting his anger affect his decision-making.

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