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14th Jun 2016

Twitter is left divided after Austria’s controversial red card

Harsh or fair?

Tom Victor

Austria went down 2-0 to Hungary in their Euro 2016 opener, and there was one huge talking point.

Minutes after Ádám Szalai’s well-worked goal gave the underdogs the lead, Austria thought they’d equalised through Martin Hinteregger.

However, not only was the goal ruled out for a foul, but that foul brought a second yellow card for defender Aleksandar Dragović.

The Dinamo Kyiv man will now miss the match against Portugal at the Parc des Princes, while  Zoltán Stieber’s smart late finish locked up all three points for Bernd Storck’s team.

There haven’t been many more divisive moments in the tournament, and few more damaging to a team’s chances.

Many were convinced referee Clément Turpin made the right call.

Even if the second booking was strict, it was surely a foul.

We need to spare a thought for the real victims in this, though

Austria will have it all to do against Portugal in their second group game, while a positive result against Iceland could all but guarantee Hungary’s progress to the second round.

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