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.


Rangers fans have been critical of the refereeing in their side’s defeat to Lyon. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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Andreas Ekberg and his team of matchday officials don’t look great either.

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:


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.

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