'He can have no complaints' - McFadden reacts to penalty given away by Rangers striker DessersPublished: August 10, 2023
Former Scotland international James McFadden has had his say on the penalty decision which saw Servette half the deficit in their Champions League first leg third qualifying round match against Rangers on Wednesday.
Rangers had an early chance to take the initiative in the tie when they were awarded a penalty five minutes in and James Tavernier gave the Scottish side what they wanted by converting from the spot.
In his first competitive appearance at the Ibrox Stadium and with less than fifteen minutes on the clock, Dessers tapped in at the back post to double Rangers' advantage after an inviting cross into the box from Borna Barisic.
Former Ivory Coast U23 international Chris Bedia made it 2-1 from the spot in the 44th minute after a free-kick came off the hand of Dessers.
In his post-match comments, the Nigeria international was surprised by the decision of referee Donatas Rumsas to award a penalty, saying the ball deflected off a teammate before hitting his arm.
Initially, the Lithuanian official did not spot it live until the VAR called his attention to it and he awarded the penalty following a pitchside review.
Reacting to the penalty incident, former Everton forward James McFadden suggested that the referee made the right call by awarding a penalty to the Swiss team.
He said on BBC Scotland: "He can have no complaints. When you put your arm up like that in the box and turn your back on it and your head away, you don't get away with those sort of things."
Rangers and Servette meet again at the Stade de Geneva.on Tuesday, August 15, with the winner over two legs progressing to the playoff round of the Champions League.
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