Arema FC coach, Eduardo Almeida claimed that Jayus Hariono had absolutely no intention of intentionally injuring an opposing player for his red card in the opening match of the BRI Liga 1 2021.
Yes, because of the red card, the Singo Edan team had to work extra hard in stemming the various dangerous attacks of PSM Makassar.
“I have to admit, playing with 10 players makes the ball control scheme not run optimally,” said Eduardo Almeida in a virtual press conference at the Pakansari Stadium, Bogor, Sunday (5/9/21).
Eduardo also saw Agus Fauzan Arifin’s decision objectively. Although on the one hand, he quite regretted the cancellation of the early warning from the referee from DI Yogyakarta.
“For the early minutes, there should have been a warning, and enough yellow cards. But anyway, I have to appreciate the hard work of all the players with this one point result,” he added.
However, he claimed that Jayus Hariono had no intention of intentionally injuring Sutanto Tan. The Portugal national coach even saw it from a different perspective.
“I don’t think there was any intention of harm. But indeed, various collisions often occur because of the high determination of the game, “explained Eduardo.
And according to Eduardo, the cause was none other than the high fighting spirit of the players of both teams in the 2021 Liga 1 opening match.
“It’s been a long time since the players have felt this competitive atmosphere. I understand the red card, because of the high fighting spirit of the players,” he continued.
Meanwhile, in the 2021 Liga 1 opening match against PSM Makassar which took place at the Pakansari Stadium, Bogor, Sunday (05/09/21) last night, Arema FC managed to steal one point.
Despite playing with 10 players from the first minute, Arema FC managed to score the first goal in the 22nd minute through Hanif Sjahbandi’s penalty, before Ilham Udin Armaiyn finally equalized a minute later.
The PSM vs Arema FC match finally ended in a 1-1 draw, after in the remaining matches each team failed to add goals.
An additional point makes PSM in 9th place in the 2021 Liga 1 standings. Meanwhile, Arema FC is two strips above it with the acquisition of one point.