Micah Richards says decision to hand Belgium a penalty for foul by Italy’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Jeremy Doku was ‘soft’ though co-pundit Jurgen Klinsmann disagrees’ insisting that the Belgian youngster was ‘pushed’
- Italy took a 2-0 lead through goals by Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne
- Belgium then got a penalty for a foul on Jeremy Doku by Giovanni Di Lorenzo
- Micah Richards and Jurgen Klinsmann disagreed with the decision for a penalty
Micah Richards and Jurgen Klinsmann disagreed with the decision to hand Belgium a late first-half penalty against Italy.
The Italians made an explosive start to the game and took a 2-0 lead through Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne.
Belgium got a lifeline however when the referee pointed to the spot after Giovanni Di Lorenzo was judged to have pushed Jeremy Doku to the ground.
Belgium were awarded a first-half penalty for a foul by Giovanni Di Lorenzo on Jeremy Doku
Micah Richards criticised the decision by the referee saying that it was a ‘soft’ penalty
Romelu Lukaku scored from the spot to narrow the scoreline and give Roberto Martinez’s side something to cheer for going into the second-half.
During his half-time analysis, BBC pundit Micah Richards said that he disagreed with the decision to award the penalty.
The former Manchester City man said: ‘It’s great play from Doku but I think that’s soft.
Jurgen Klinsmann though said he could understand why the referee made the decision
‘As a defender, he does touch him but is it enough for a penalty. If you give a pen for that, I mean he catches him very minimally outside of the box.’
Former Germany manager Klinsmann said that the decision could have been given because of the push.
He said: ‘I think you can give the penalty, I think it is a push. He goes down easily but he gives him a push and that takes Belgium back into the game.’
Alan Shearer who also makes up part of the punditry team also gave his opinion into the matter.
He said: ‘Once he gives it he’s not going to overturn it, it’s not clear and obvious.’
Romelu Lukaku scored from the penalty spot to narrow the deficit to Italy to 2-1