MARK CLATTENBURG: Referee Wilton Sampaio got the big calls RIGHT on a night of controversy as England crashed out of the World Cup against France
Referee Wilton Sampaio has been heavily criticised for his officiating as England crashed out of the World Cup with a 2-1 defeat to France.
Sampaio made a number of contentious decisions throughout England’s quarter-final defeat, including not giving the Three Lions a penalty when Harry Kane was brought down by Dayot Upamecano inside the box in the first-half.
Bukayo Saka was also fouled by the Bayern Munich defender in the build-up to France’s first goal through Aurelien Tchoameni.
Fans and pundits including Gary Neville have slammed Sampaio for his performance in the quarter-final.
Mark Clattenburg, however, has assessed the official’s calls and felt he got all of the big calls right on the evening.
Referee Wilton Sampaio has been heavily criticised for his officiating in the quarter-final
Harry Kane was brought down by Dayot Upamecano as England pressed for an opening goal
Was there a foul on Bukayo Saka in the build-up to France’s first goal?
Dayot Upamecano’s challenge happened on 15 minutes, 58 seconds. Aurelien Tchouameni scored on 16 minutes, 22 seconds.
That was a long time between Upamecano’s alleged foul and Tchouameni’s great goal, and VAR Nicolas Gallo would have had to decide it was all part of the same attacking phase to recommend that the goal should be disallowed.
In any case, from the replays it looked a fair challenge by Upamecano on Saka, so the goal was right to stand.
Buakyo Saka (right) appeared to be fouled by Upamecano in the build up to France’s first goal
Harry Kane claimed England should have been awarded a penalty when he was challenged by Upamecano. Replays suggested he was unfairly felled in a tangle of legs.
The question is: was the contact inside the penalty area?
I studied the replays and came to the same conclusion as Gallo — the last contact made by Upamecano was just outside the area. France were saved by the finest of margins.