While I did enjoy seeing Mertens crunched. I seen a lot of people talking about how ‘he got the ball’ even though that aspect of a tackle has very oddly never been part of the laws of football. It’s all about how you go into the tackle and if any harm can result in your approach.
The referee has to judge if VvD entered the tackle:
c) With Exsessive Force
Now for me it was carelessly as I imagine he couldn’t care less what happened that c**t Mertens. Means it a free kick, no yellow. Ref thought it was b so it’s a free and a yellow.
Just some clarification, it’s very weirdly not to do with ‘getting the ball’ which it probably should be