The referee has admitted he should have given a red for the challenge…
Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus has been ruled out of their Champions League clash with Arsenal with injury, reports the Daily Mail.
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The German has suspected damage to his ankle ligaments. This was picked up from being on the receiving end of a horror tackle from Paderborn’s Marvin Bakalorz.
The referee for the match, Wolfgang Stark, has admitted that he should have given the offending player a red card for the challenge. He only brandished a yellow card at the time, and there were fierce protestations from manager Jurgen Klopp as well as Reus’ team mates.
“For me, it was a foul and a yellow card,” he told German paper Bild.
“When I saw the replay afterwards, I was shocked and I’ve got to say that red would have been the right decision.”
The official himself regrets the injury sustained by the 25-year-old.
“We had a chat during the warm up and I told him how glad I was to see him back and fit again. I really hope the injury turns out not to be so bad.”
Even Bakalorz believes that he was in the wrong, claiming “Klopp screamed at me, and he’s absolutely right to too.”
This injury leaves the attacker unable to play against the Gunners in their key Champions League match against Dortmund.
While the Bundesliga team have already qualified for the knockout rounds, the match is crucial for Arsene Wenger’s side. They will want to bounce back after losing their last two matches.