Champions League: Ronald Araujo’s Red Card in Barcelona vs PSG Tie Splits Opinions Among Fans

Champions League: Ronald Araujo’s Red Card in Barcelona vs PSG Tie Splits Opinions Among Fans

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
April 16, 2024 at 8:44 PM
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  • Ronaldo Araujo received a red card as Barcelona exited the Champions League
  • The red card proved costly, as PSG took full advantage to punish La Blaugrana
  • The incident has since sparked mixed feelings from fans who watched the game

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Opinions among football fans have been split regarding Ronald Araujo's red card during Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Uruguayan centre-half was shown the red card just before the half-hour mark, with Barca holding the upper hand in the match at the time.

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Referee Istvan Kovacs orders Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo to leave the pitch after the latter received a red card. Photo by David Ramos.
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The referee, Istvan Kovacs, adjudged Araujo's challenge on Bradley Barcola as a deliberate attempt to deny the Frenchman an obvious goal-scoring opportunity, leading to a straight red card, as noted by MARCA.

According to Sky Sports, the hasty decision by Araujo proved costly, as Ousmane Dembele, who had crossed carpets from Barcelona to PSG last summer, promptly scored the equaliser 11 minutes after the 25-year-old's dismissal.

Ronaldo Araujo's red card divides opinions

Fans have been divided on whether the 25-year-old deserved to be sent off for his tackle, which some perceived as being relatively minor in nature.

@ProjectFootball believes the tackle was soft, but the red card was deserved:

"Looked a soft foul, but once it's given as a foul, it has to be a red card."

@me_tfs reckoned since Araujo was the last man, the decision by the referee was spot-on:

"Last man offence, so yes."

@ikamyaramy reasoned:

"Denial of a chance to score, so yes, since he's the last man."

On the other hand, @ItsMuking, did not agree with @me_tfs and @ProjectFootball:

"In a Champions League quarter-final game, it’s a soft touch; hence NO."

@tahalona insisted:

"Never red."

PSG stage comeback to punish Barcelona

In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that PSG staged a remarkable comeback to defeat 10-man Barcelona 4-1, securing a spot in the Champions League semi-finals with a 6-4 aggregate victory.

Raphinha gave Barcelona an early lead, but Ronald Araujo's red card shifted the momentum in PSG's favour.

Ousmane Dembele and Vitinha's goals levelled the tie before Kylian Mbappe's brace sealed PSG's place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2021.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.