Rangers fans might be generally accepting that the better team won as Lyon ran out victors at Ibrox, but the refereeing certainly didn’t cover itself in glory in the game.
Lyon pipped the Gers 2-0 as they took full advantage of Rangers mistakes to get their Group A campaign underway with a victory.
But there were some controversial decisions throughout the match as the matchday officials appeared to blow up every time a Lyon player threw themselves to the deck.
The most obscene example of this came midway through the second half when ex-Celtic defender Jason Denayer theatrically threw himself to the ground with Scott Wright behind him.
Incredibly, the officials blew up and gave Lyon the free-kick in a moment which was perhaps symbolic of the frustrating and whistle-happy refereeing on the night.
The clip has since made its way online and there’s little doubting Belgian defender Denayer comes out looking like a bit of a donkey.
Andreas Ekberg and his team of matchday officials don’t look great either.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 16, 2021
Branded “embarrassing” by former Gers midfielder Alex Rae during the BT Sport coverage of the match, it sums up what was a frustrating refereeing performance in the match.
The Ibrox support responded to the incident on Twitter as they criticised both the Belgian centre-half and the match officials:
Worst ave seen🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/goLvDH7CTV
— dols (@grantdolan72) September 17, 2021
How does the linesman get that so wrong..?
— Geo D (@gmd606) September 17, 2021
Utterly embarrassing https://t.co/NgvjmIYWeQ
— CAiTLiN* (@c4itlinl) September 17, 2021
Good officials the night 🙃 https://t.co/DwL0qhMSK1
— Alex Harley (@TheBoyZander) September 16, 2021
That’s what yer up against https://t.co/UBIg0nIvTr
— Gary Jackson (@GaryJac59168834) September 16, 2021
🤣🤣chance ye got https://t.co/vaiBeXPtZq
— Jason Lamont (@jasonlamont72) September 16, 2021
Some of the referring we’ve seen in the Europa League over the past 3 years has been worse than SPFL standards.
Some dreadfully disappointing performances from the officials, and another poor one tonight albeit it wasn’t the reason we lost. https://t.co/1FcP7YZR95
— 𝙍𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙑𝙞𝙚𝙬 (@Rangers_View) September 16, 2021
All those cameras and tech at the disposal and we get an assistant only yards away who gives a foul 😃😁 https://t.co/89zZ08N44r
— FF (@Follow_Follow_) September 16, 2021
I mean, where do you even start with this shambles? https://t.co/xt5qC5Sgdp
— Alan 5️⃣5️⃣ (@kanea_7) September 16, 2021
The state of that man. https://t.co/pBuhw9As48
— Chris Morrison (@1872Morrison) September 16, 2021
Rangers fell to a 2-0 defeat against Lyon courtesy of a top quality strike from Cameroonian international Karl Toko Ekambi and a James Tavernier own goal.
The night could yet go from bad to worse also as the Gers nervously await the outcome of a scan concerning one of the club’s key players.