Stan Collymore has vented his frustration on Twitter at how referee Daniel Siebert gave Manchester City and England’s Kyle Walker’s challenge on Tymoteusz Puchacz as a foul.
Siebert stopped play at the PGE Narodowy in the 68th-minute after deeming Walker to have fouled Puchacz. The pair collided while chasing the ball as England attacked. With Walker otherwise in a dangerous position, had the Poland defender not tried to intervene.
Walker was robust with his shoulder barge that sent Puchacz to the ground, but Collymore argues he did nothing wrong. Instead, the former England international argues Siebert was wrong to give the challenge as a foul. With the Citizens ace legitimately winning possession.
Walker and Puchacz went shoulder-to-shoulder in a 50/50 challenge for the ball in Poland territory in search of England’s opener. Yet Siebert felt Walker overstepped the mark, despite allowing plenty of challenges – by England and Poland – to go unchecked.
Collymore firmly believes Walker and Puchacz’s incident was one Sibert should have let go, with the Manchester City and England ace wrongly punished for a firm but fair challenge.
“That, by Walker, should be 100% legitimate,” Collymore vented. “A shoulder barge was an accepted use of physicality from the inception of the game until fairly recently. Walker did the full-back (who was [the] wrong side, anyway) fairly and squarely.”
Was Manchester City and England ace Walker’s tackle fair, like Collymore suggests?
Puchacz and Walker had been involved in a game-long duel before Siebert gave the foul against the Manchester City and England ace that Collymore vigorously argues was fair.
Only moments prior, Puchacz had the better of his Three Lions counterpart to flash a shot wide of the net. The Union Berlin man had the last laugh, too, after delivering the cross that Sebastian Szymanski headed home to equalise.