Arsenal Girls’s Champions League win over Ajax on Wednesday evening was overshadowed by weird scenes forward of kick-off when the goalposts had been discovered to be too small.
Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall dubbed the scenes “very bizarre” after the goalposts had been adjusted forward of kick-off after being deemed 10 centimetres beneath the suitable restrict.
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And there was extra controversy when Eidevall was misinformed on concussion protocols, leaving Arsenal to defend their 1-0 lead with 10 gamers on the sphere after Beth Mead’s enforced removing.
“It has been a really bizarre expertise being right here,” Eidevall stated.
“Taking part in towards a giant membership like Ajax the place we needed to measure the targets earlier than the beginning of the sport… I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it to be sincere.
“It is very bizarre however we are able to solely management the issues we are able to management.”
When Mead’s head conflict compelled her off the sphere, Arsenal had been denied a concussion substitution, regardless of Eidevall initially being instructed he would have one.
“There isn’t a doubt that Beth Mead must be taken off,” Eidevall stated.
“The issue I’ve is that I requested the fourth official if we may do a concussion substitute and he or she says ‘sure’.
“We had been making ready Lina Hurtig [to come on] then when we’re going to do it she says ‘no’. We had been getting her prepared for 2 or three minutes.
“We might have spent that point chatting with the gamers about how we may defend with 10 gamers. That misinformation from the referee — I actually do not know why and the way that could possibly be. It is such a easy query to reply sure or no.”
Arsenal received the match 1-0 to advance to the Girls’s Champions League group stage with a 3-2 combination victory and can play their group stage matches on the Emirates Stadium.