BBC Pundit Rages in Studio at Rangers Controversy V Benfica

Benfica’s clash with Rangers at the Estadio De Luz was marred by a controversial penalty decision that left former Rangers player Kenny Miller in disbelief.

The incident unfolded when John Souttar was penalized for a handball, despite appearing to have headed the ball first. Angel Di Maria capitalized on the penalty, sending Rangers’ goalkeeper Jack Butland the wrong way. However, despite the setback, Rangers managed to salvage a 2-2 draw, setting the stage for a thrilling second leg at Ibrox on March 14, with goals courtesy of Tom Lawrence and Dujon Sterling.

Speaking live on BBC Sportsound from the Glasgow studio, an incredulous Miller expressed his frustration with the VAR intervention, stating, “That is ridiculous. I’ve seen two or three pictures, there is one angle that they never showed. How many times are we going to be left speaking about the technology in football? Going into elite competitions such as the Europa League, you would have thought that the technology would be better managed than it is in Scotland.”

The rules governing such situations dictate that if the ball deflects off another body part onto the hand, a penalty should not be awarded. Miller questioned the officials’ decision, emphasizing the need for improved technology management in high-profile competitions.

As the controversy unfolded on the pitch, Miller added, “Here we are with another stinking decision by the officials.”

Looking ahead to the summer transfer window, Philippe Clement, Benfica’s manager, is expected to make strategic moves to strengthen his squad. One area of concern is the heart of the defense, with questions arising about the performance of players like John Souttar. Despite his willingness to put his body on the line, Souttar has shown signs of vulnerability in games such as the one against Benfica.

“Leon Balogun, Ben Davies, and Leon King have all hardly played behind Souttar and Connor Goldson, so that will be something to watch,” noted Miller, hinting at potential changes in Benfica’s defensive lineup.