Slovakia defender Jan Durica accused the referee of wrongdoing when he awarded ex-Reds defender Martin Skrtel another yellow card for a foul when England played Slovakia.
The 10-man Slovakia side were not able to recover, gifting the Three Lions one step in Russia in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
England won the game narrowly with the help of a Red player Adam Lallana who scored in stoppage time, sending fans wild in excitement. The win gives new coach Sam Allardyce a brilliant start as manager of the side, and it means England can take full control in Group F.
Skrtel was already on a yellow card, but stamped on Harry Kane. Referee Milorad Mazic gave another yellow card, meaning marching orders for the Slovakian. An obviously angry Durica opines that Slovakia stood no chance from the onset since just one country is suppose to move on from the group.
“There is only one place at the World Cup. Why should Slovakia go there, when we have England in the group? Of course, they will always prefer the stronger team. Probably the referee knew exactly how to do it. I think that the referee waited for Skrtel to make a foul,” Durica said. The comments from the disgruntled player could earn him a ban from the world footballing body, FIFA.
However, Kane has defended the action of the referee. “There were a few challenges that I felt could have earned him a yellow card, but it didn’t come. It was just a matter of time, it was a silly thing for him to do because he was on a yellow. The ref has seen it and I think it deserved another yellow card,” Kane quipped. The Spurs striker, who is yet to get a goal this season, has been taken off set pieces duty by the new coach, as England continues with restructuring following their Euro 2016 woes.