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Bloody Shirt Stopped Davy Propper Taking Penalty Andres Guardado Missed

Bloody Shirt Stopped Davy Propper Taking Penalty Andres Guardado Missed

PSV won’t be happy with Martin Atkinson tonight after a number of dodgy refereeing decisions contributed to their 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

The Dutch outfit kicked off their Champions League campaign at home to their Spanish opponents and would have been hoping for a win after making a strong start to the season.

But it didn’t turn out like that – with Atletico taking the lead through a contentious Saul Niguez goal before holding out for a 1-0 win.

PSV did have opportunities though, the best of those coming from the penalty spot just minutes after Saul’s 43rd minute opener for Atletico.

Propper sore

Niguez scored a great volley, but it came while PSV midfielder Davy Propper was lying on the ground with blood pouring from his head just yards away:

Atkinson will be criticised for not stopping the game immediately to get Propper treatment. As you’ll be able to see, it was a pretty sore one the Dutch midfielder took:

But he’ll also be slammed for not allowing Propper to return to the field to take the penalty while there was still some blood on his shirt.

And compounding the misery for PSV, Andres Guardado – stepping up as a replacement – missed the penalty!

PSV manager Phillip Cocu revealed post-match that Propper was the penalty taker for his side, but was unable to take it because of the blood:

So we’re pretty sure English referee Atkinson won’t be a popular man in Eindhoven tonight.

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