Referees at Euro 2020 have for once largely stayed out of the limelight, with fewer controversial decisions than normal, as they pursue the popular trend of “letting the game flow.”
There have been fewer fouls and bookings and the players spent more time with the ball in play during the group stage, official data has shown.
Players, coaches and pundits alike have mostly agreed the officiating has been beneficial for the game.
“I am absolutely elated, this is how we would like to see football,” said former Manchester United, Benfica and Lazio winger Karel Poborsky.
“The criteria for fouls have moved but nobody abuses that. And then, all referees have the same approach, no matter who they are, and that’s great and it helps football a lot.”