France is European champion of red cards

With a red card distributed to Jean-Clair Todibo after only nine seconds of play, the refereeing has again made headlines in the last hours in France. Since the beginning of the season, the men in black indeed seem to have never been so severe.

Are French referees ruthless? Do they lack foresight? These are questions that have arisen for a few weeks in French football. Never indeed, we seem to have seen so many red cards during Ligue 1 matches. To establish a clear and certain observation, a comparison with the other championships is necessary. The verdict is unfortunately final.

Since the major championships have resumed, Ligue 1 is indeed the competition where we get the most red cards (34). In La Liga, the men in black seem much more lenient (20 red cards) and even more in Italy and Germany (respectively 15 and 12 red cards). The parallel with the Premier League is finally the most amazing. Across the Channel, there are only 4 red cards after 8 days.

45 red cards in 9 Ligue 2 days

Note that our Ligue 2 breaks all records with the colossal total of 45 reds in 9 days. Have the players suddenly become more violent? Note that of last season’s total, 103 red cards were shown in 38 Ligue 1 days. With 34 red cards issued in just 8 days, it seems that standards have been much higher since Ligue 1 resumed its rights.

This situation, however, leads to more and more indignant reactions. Among her, that of the former PSG player and RMC columnist.

“When you’re not at the level, you have to hit the guys who are not at the level, it’s normal. Like a player when he is not good, he spends his life on the bench or outside the group otherwise the coach risks his skin because the team will not win. When we see so much bullshit on the matches, those responsible must assume. I say to M.Garibian, well supplemented by M.Duhamel and M.Lannois, you have been great arbiters. No problem, it’s the truth. Except that your experience is useless today, it’s Berezina”.