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Robert Page: Wales manager questions Ampadu’s straight red card

Sun 20 June 2021 | 22:01

Wales manager Robert Page has questioned the referee’s decision to issue a straight red card to Ethan Ampadu during their 1-0 defeat to Italy on Sunday.

Italy

completed their Euro 2020 Group A campaign with a

1-0 win over ten-men Wales

at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday evening.

Wales midfielder

Ampadu

was sent off the pitch in the 55th minute when his studs connected on the ankle of

Federico Bernardeschi

.

Referee

Ovidiu Hategan

showed no hesitation in showing

Ampadu

a red card and Wales were forced to continue much of the second half with just 10 men.

After the match, Wales manager Robert Page said the first half against the Azzurri, ‘

didn’t quite go to plan’ and admitted Ampadu’s red card changed the course of the game

.

“It didn’t quite go to plan the press in the first half,” the coach said. “We addressed it at half-time and we managed to get Ethan Ampadu as the center of the diamond and get him on the ball a little bit more at the start of the second half.

“The sending-off changed the course of the game. I haven’t seen it again yet. I thought it was harsh to get a booking but to see the red card come out was unbelievable. Then of course it’s an even bigger hill to climb.”

Page’s side will play the Group B runners-up in their next game, which is likely to be

Russia

,

Finland

, or

Denmark

with Belgium expected to finish top of that group.

Wales are drawn against the runners-up in Group B, where Belgium leads on six points after two games, with

Russia

and

Finland

on three and

Denmark

sit bottom with zero.


source: SportMob