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Vlatko Andonovski: Referee missed ‘clear red card’ vs. Germany

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U.S. women’s national team coach Vlatko Andonovski once again criticized the refereeing his team saw in its friendlies against Germany.

After first taking issue with the officiating in Thursday’s loss, the head coach complained about a no-call from the Sunday’s 2-1 win against Germany.

Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult collided with USWNT midfielder Taylor Kornieck late in the match, but the official declined to call a foul. In Andonovski’s view, Schult deserved “a clear red card.”

“On the collision, for me it’s a clear red card,” Andonovski said. “We saw the referee made a lot of mistakes in the last game, which in this game, I thought there was one very obvious mistake that they made and should have sanctioned it.”

Andonovski was vocal after the team’s loss to Germany about the impact of the officiating, saying the referees “took some things away from us.” He also noted that he thought that the game “was a little bit too much for them.”

On Sunday, Andonovski said the issues with the officiating are part of the learning process in the lead-up to next summer’s World Cup.

“We understand that, sometimes we’re going to have to deal with bad calls,” he said. “And it’s part of the preparation process, how we have to be mentally strong to deal with adversity.”