Furious Andre: Ayew takes a swipe at French referee


Furious Andre Ayew claims his side Olympique Marseille were “robbed” of a potentially crucial victory in the Ligue 1 title race by a controversial refereeing decision late in Sunday’s goalless draw with league leaders Lyon.

Going into the game in third place, three points behind Paris Saint-Germain and a further point adrift of their opponents, Marseille knew victory at the Stade Velodrome — coupled with PSG’s defeat in Bordeaux earlier in the day — would move them up into an automatic Champions League group stage qualification place.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men thought they had scored the goal that would have done so seven minutes from time when Rod Fanni’s header appeared to have crossed the line before Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes could claw it to safety.

However, despite the hosts’ protests, referee Benoit Bastien waved play on.

“It’s inadmissible. If people don’t want us to be champions, they should tell us,” Andre Ayew told reporters. “We’re giving everything. But that’s football. We still have nine matches to play. We’re not going to give up.

“We’ll give everything, but it’s not the first time that it has happened to Marseille. We played a great game, but didn’t win, even though we scored a valid goal. It hurts, it’s hard, but we have to think about what is to come.

“We are four points off Lyon, two off Paris, so it’s still possible. There’s a lot of frustration, especially as we were robbed of a goal.”

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