“Colina’s heirs” are satisfied: Hertha loses and praises referee Etrich

Collina’s heirs are satisfied
Hertha loses and praises referee Etrich

Written by Alex Feuerradt

In Berlin, the referee has to make several close and difficult decisions in an emotional match that is very important for the hosts. But he does the job with a great deal of sovereignty. Even from Hertha who lost the game there is praise after that.

In his 62 matches as a referee in the Bundesliga so far, Patrick Etrich has undoubtedly led less festive and easier matches than those held on Saturday night at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin between Hertha Berlin and 1. FS at Mainz 05 (1:2). The 43-year-old, whose main job is a police officer, had to evaluate a whole range of challenging scenes in this game with his assistants on the field and in the video center in Cologne. And that in front of more than 70,000 spectators in a match that was of paramount importance, especially for the relegation-threatened hosts. An analysis of the most important decisions in chronological order.

35 minutes: Mainz’s Anton Stach withdraws from a distance of 22 meters when the score is 1-0 for his team, and the ball hits the lower right corner of Hertha’s goal from his point of view. But the guests’ encouragement did not last long, as assistant referee Sasha Tellert raised the flag: Leandro Borreiro was offside when a shot was taken on goal, thus affecting Berlin goalkeeper Marcel Lutka in his ability to play the ball, according to Tellert. Referee, Diem joins Etrich. So the hit doesn’t count.

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Above all, repetition from behind the target shows that the decision was correct. Barreiro was in an offside position a few meters from Lotka, covering the goalkeeper’s view of the ball for a brief but crucial moment and also making a dribbling move away from the ball. Therefore, to put it in the language of the rules, he became clearly active and thus weakened the goalkeeper of the home team, who also responded with a noticeable delay and did not have a chance to get the ball.

From the assistant’s point of view, it is difficult to assess whether the goalkeeper’s line of sight is obscured and how much the player’s offside movement actually affects him. Objectives such as Mainz are often given first and not canceled until after the intervention of the VAR and a field review. But Thielert is one of the best players in his field and not only has 360 game experience as an assistant in the first two German leagues, but also has a very good sense of game situations, especially when offside. His hit rate is correspondingly high, even when making tough decisions.

Bharta authorized punishment

45 + 1 moment: Berlin’s Marton Darday hits the ball in front of Mainz’s goal with a corner kick, several players hit the ball, and the guests demonstrate the situation. However, Hertha’s captain, Diederic Boyata, fell to the ground and carried his left foot with a sore face. The turmoil in front of Mainz’ goal was baffling, but a scene review by video assistant Tobias Wells revealed why Boyata was suffering: Musa Nyakate put his foot on his opponent’s left heel, which is why Boyata didn’t come to either head.

Referee Ittrich, who could not see the kick on the field, looked at the images on the screen in the review area again and then recognized the penalty. That’s right, because while it wasn’t an intentional action by Nyakhate, it was a mistake that prevented Boyata from getting the ball close to the goal. Mainz coach, Bo Svensson, who is furiously protesting, first gets an explanation of the decision from Etrich on the sidelines, then is warned. It’s the coach’s seventh yellow card this season. Davy Silk converted the penalty kick to 1:1.

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Bo Svensson (right) sees the yellow card again.

(Photo: IMAGO / Matthias Koch)

52 minutes: For the second time that evening, Mainz’s goal was disallowed. Karim Onisio defeated Mark Oliver Kempf in the hosts’ penalty area and hit the ball into the goal, but before that he briefly touched the ball with both his left hand and his right arm in a duel. Whether it was on purpose or not, it doesn’t matter if the player in question scores the scores right after that – that’s what the rules say. Referee Ittrich has a clear view of the situation and immediately sees the balls that are difficult to recognize. He does not need the help of the VAR to deny the goal.

Tousart is lucky, and Seleka is unjustly shocked

72 minutes: After a cross inside the Hertha penalty area, there is a vertical duel between Lucas Tousart of Berlin and Stefan Bell of Mainz. Tousart hits the opponent behind with his left arm in the face while jumping for the ball. Both players miss the ball, which Mainz’s Jonathan Burkhardt gets instead and heads into the arms of goalkeeper Lutka. Ittrich lets play continue, Bale stays put and will be dealt with in the second half.

On the recommendation of VAR Tobias Welz, there was a second on-site review that evening, but Ittrich then stuck to his decision not to award a penalty to Mainz. This decision is supported by the fact that Tousart was in a natural motion to gain momentum, orientated himself only toward the ball and made no swinging motions; On the other hand, he talks about an obvious injury to Bale’s face. In general, the decision not to take the penalty kick is still justified when you think about it.

90 + 1 moment: Also in extra time – Mainz now leads 2-1 – neutrals are challenged again. After a wide cross from the left into the guest penalty area, Davy Silk fired the ball into the net from seven yards, but Patrick Etrich whistled to interrupt the match before the ball crossed the goal line. Because Selke clearly created the space needed against Aaron with both arms in front of the head and gave Mainzer a boost. The referee also gestures to the terrified Herta player, so he makes his decision frank.

Praise be to the judge, even from the loser

“If it’s a mistake, the midfielder scores eight fewer goals a year,” Selke himself said in an interview with Sky after the match. On the other hand, Hertha coach Freddy Bobic, who was active in attack when he was a player, takes the side of Etrich. “As a striker, you are not allowed to attack with both hands, you can also whistle from the free kick,” he says. Ittrich himself reiterates his decision in an interview with Sky and points out that offenses such as bumping and grabbing are often clearer at true speed on the court than in the slow motion of TV, distorting the dynamic.

The decision to classify Selke’s arm use as illegal is correct or at least justified, even if Aaron has fallen spectacularly too much. Since the whistle went off before the ball entered the goal, VAR was no longer allowed to intervene – but one can assume it wouldn’t have done so anyway because the decision was not clear and obviously wrong.

Patrick Eitrich finally decided on the right in all difficult situations and related to the game, which also saw Freddy Bobic, who praised the referee despite the defeat: “What you whistled was always right.” In addition, the referee, who belongs to the Hamburg club Mümmelmannsberger SV, again played for his great strength: the communicative transmission of decisions, including especially controversial ones. Even in emotional situations he did so with supremacy. And so Davy Silk, in spite of all his anger, said about his goal cancellation: “I love Patrick very much.”

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