KRC Genk lost 3-2 on the Antwerp field on Saturday evening. A bitter defeat for the Limburgers. Once again, no match without questionable decisions by the referee to the detriment of Genk.
Wouter Vrancken did not want to say too much about the race management. Although he did have a very clear opinion about the mistake made by Vincent Janssen on Joseph Paintsil. Genk’s wing attacker was sprinting down the flank in a promising attack, but was wildly tackled from behind by the Antwerp striker.
“When I see that ‘Joske’ (Paintsil ed.) has already played the ball and is only then tackled. With full foot forward. Fine, if it is above the ankle then it is red. Below the ankle it is yellow. But the intensity that is often talked about… If you consciously kick someone with your foot forward after the ball has been played, then I think that is red,” Vrancken said after the match.
KRC Genk simply did not play its best game, the coach also realizes that. “But to be clear, that didn’t mean we lost the game. It was the first ten minutes that cost us the game.”
In the first half, a foul was made on Bryan Heynen in Antwerp’s sixteen. Referee Lothar D’Hondt was called to the screen by the VAR because they saw an error. However, the ref stuck to his choice and decided not to award a penalty.