Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer says that he felt Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia should have been sent off during the 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich. The German outfit were the visitors to Old Trafford for the Champions League quarter-finals.
This was the first leg of the two legged match. Despite being overwhelming favourites ahead of the encounter, Bayern were not at their usual best and could only draw the match 1-1. For long periods of the match, it looked like United, who scored through Nemanja Vidic, would manage a famous win.
However, Bastian Schweinsteiger equalised for the German club and also gave them a crucial away goal, which will be important when they play United in the second leg at the Allianz Arena. Goalscorer Schweinsteiger was sent off for a second yellow card and he will miss the second leg along with Javi Martinez, who had accumulate in numerous yellow cards. United, on the other hand, were lucky to escape a red card for Valencia, whose defensive duties were of paramount importance in helping United get this result.
Sammer said that the referee should have been consistent throughout the game and this would have meant sending off Valencia. The midfielder suffered a huge bruising in his eye as a result of a collision with an opposition player.
“If you apply the same standards then I don’t know how Valencia stays on. If the referee has a policy, then he must go through with it. There’s no question that what Schweini did was a foul, but with Valencia there were also several fouls and his outstretched leg against Jerome Boateng. At this level you have to apply the same standards. I believe the 1-1 is a great result,” said the sporting director, who has seen Bayern achieve immense success in the last few years.