'We’re not women' - Emre Can under fire for alleged sexist comment while defending Cristiano Ronaldo
Former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can plunged himself into a sexism storm after he attempted to defend his new Juventus team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo following his sending off in the Champions League against Valencia on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo left the field in tears after being shown a red card following a clash with Valencia defender Jeison Murillo, with Juve players and their coach Massimiliano Allegri clearly infuriated by the decision of the match officials.
After being shown the incident on a TV replay following Juventus' 2-0 win, Can told DANZ: "That’s supposed to be a red? I just heard that he said it was because of hair pulling. We’re not women, we’re playing football.
"If you’re giving that as a red card, you can be sent off for any foul. One hundred per cent, that is not a red card."
Those comments have sparked a predictably negative response on social media channels, with Juventus coach Allegri offered up more balanced views on the incident, as he suggested video replays may have allowed the match officials to reach a different conclusion on the incident.
"I can only say that VAR would have helped the referee make the right decision," stated Allegri. "Mostly because it was the 29th minute in the first half in a difficult game, to find yourselves with 10 men for a red card, that was not right.
"It could have complicated the situation for us, but the guys have been very good. They played well as long as they had to, until we were 2-0 and then we defended with order, leaving them a few shots on goal."