A goal by him when he should have been sent off prevented England from going to the 1994 World Cup

A goal by him when he should have been sent off prevented England from going to the 1994 World Cup
A goal by him when he should have been sent off prevented England from going to the 1994 World Cup

England may forgive, but not forget, that Ronald Koeman (Zaandam, 1963) was responsible for one of the biggest disasters in the history of football.The current Netherlands coach prevented the ‘three lions’, who finished third with 13 points, behind Norway (16) and the ‘Oranje’ (15), from going to the last World Cup they have missed: USA’94.

England and the Netherlands drew at Wembley (2-2) on April 28, 1993but ‘car day’ -they arrived tied on points- it goes back to the return match, played on October 13, 1993 and De Kuip.

The ‘Clockwork Orange’ won in Rotterdam (2-0) with a performance that is, to say the least, questionable, by German referee Karl-Josef Assenmacher. It was the 57th minute, with the score at 0-0, when Ronald Koeman shamelessly grabbed David Platt from behind, who was left alonehand in hand, with Ed de Goey.

The referee called a foul on the edge of the area, but did not send Koeman off. He only got a yellow card. A decision that marked the outcome of the match. And not only because the Netherlands should have been left with 10.

Five minutes later, in the 62nd minute, Ronald Koeman ‘opened the scoring’ with a magnificent free kick. Instead of using power, as was usual for the former Barcelona player, He delicately chipped the ball over the barrier, completely surprising David Seaman.

Dennis Bergkamp scored the final 2-0 in the 68th minute, but All the criticism was for Assenmacher, Koeman… and his brother Erwin. The latter He also deserved to be sent off, in the 59th minute, even though the score was tied, for a terrible tackle ‘à la Nigel de Jong’‘, with the iron forward, on Paul Parker.

Graham Taylor’s reaction, shouts and outbursts in the band still remain in the collective memory. “Referee, you have to send him off. I don’t like this.”shouted the former coach who immediately resigned from his position after failing to qualify England for the World Cup. “He’s an idiot,” the deceased said. Ray Wilkins on television believing it was no longer live.

“It was the worst thing I’ve ever done on the touchline. I’ve never been like that before. I lost control because I honestly and sincerely felt that England were being cheated in a vital match.”Taylor acknowledged.

I lost control because I honestly and sincerely felt that England was being cheated in a vital match.

Graham Taylor

The former England manager could not believe it: “FIFA had made it very clear in the weeks leading up to the match that “Cutting out a goal-scoring opportunity was tantamount to a direct red card.”

Fate would have it that in 2018, in his first stint as ‘Oranje’ coach, Koeman was to make his debut against England and, there, he admitted that he should have been sent off. “It was a clear foul. Nowadays it would have been a red card for sure. At the time I was very happy that the referee blew the whistle for a foul and not a penalty.”

It was a clear foul. Nowadays it would have been a red card for sure. At the time I was very happy that the referee called a foul and not a penalty.

Ronald Koeman

Wednesday’s Netherlands-England game will be a different story, with Koeman ‘in the place’ of Graham Taylor. We hope there is no need to remember the referee.

 
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