The game ended 1-1 in Bergamo last night with goals from Ruslan Malinovskyi and Ismael Bennacer.
However, it could’ve been a different match had VAR intervened or the referee evaluated this particular incident differently.
Hateboer was shown the yellow card for his lunge at Leao by the touchline just three minutes into the second half.
Former referees Luca Marelli on DAZN and Graziano Cesari on Mediaset both insist that was a foul worthy of a straight red card.
“If Leao doesn’t let his toes slide along the turf, then this is a very nasty tackle that puts the safety of the player at risk. VAR has to intervene,” argued Cesari.
Marelli noted it had “all the elements required of a red card offence, as the studs were showing, the leg was taut and contact above the ankle.”