Video Shows Bukayo Saka's Disgruntlement to the Referee After Controversial Arsenal Penalty Call

Video Shows Bukayo Saka's Disgruntlement to the Referee After Controversial Arsenal Penalty Call

Isaac Darko
updated at April 10, 2024 at 12:37 AM
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  • Arsenal settled for a draw against Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final
  • Bukayo Saka was absolutely perplexed by the referee's decision to wave play on
  • The Gunners will travel to Germany next week for the enticing return leg fixture

Bukayo Saka angrily chased referee Glenn Nyberg off the pitch after he was denied a last-minute penalty in Arsenal's draw with Bayern Munich,

As the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final entered injury time, the score remained tied, with Saka being sent through on goal.

The electrifying winger seemed to push the ball forward slightly before colliding with Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and falling to the ground.

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Bukayo Saka confronted the referee after Arsenal's draw with Bayern Munich. Photo by Marc Atkins.
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Despite fervent appeals from both Arsenal players and fans for a penalty kick, referee Glenn Nyberg dismissed their claims and promptly ended the match as he blew the full-time whistle.

Per a video seen by Sports Brief on social media, the Swedish official cited a review by VAR that cleared the incident, but Saka remained visibly enraged.

The Gunners winger sprang to his feet from the treatment table to confront Nyberg as the referee made his way towards the tunnel.

Saka had to be physically restrained by a member of Arsenal's coaching staff in a bid to prevent further confrontation with the referee.

Seeking clarification on why the penalty was not awarded, he was met with silence, leaving the score at 2-2 for the night and Arsenal facing a challenging task ahead in Germany.

Ferdinand in disbelief at referee's call

Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand couldn't believe that Nyberg hadn't signalled for a penalty.

Ferdinand told TNT Sports: "How has that not been given? I can’t believe it with VAR and everything. I can’t believe that has not been given.

Arsenal shares the spoils with Bayern

Sports Brief earlier reported that Arsenal will have an opportunity to respond in Munich next week with the aggregate score tied.

Saka's early goal initially put Mikel Arteta's side ahead but strikes from Serge Gnabry and Harry Kane shifted momentum.

Trossard's equaliser, sparked by Gabriel Jesus' brilliance off the bench, has set the stage for an intense second leg.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)