Wales manager Robert Page has promised that they’ll do everything possible to ensure that Neco Williams’ red card in the friendly game against France is overturned as it could rule him out of their final Euro 2020 warm-up game.
Page revealed that Williams was devastated after being sent off in the 26th minute in a game in which Wales went on to lose 3 nil in Nice.
The Liverpool fullback was a few yards away from Karim Benzema as he blocked the striker’s close-range shot with both arms away from his body. A lengthy VAR check was done on the incident after which referee Luis Godinho brandished a red card to the bemused defender.
Page said: ‘Neco is devastated in there. He wanted justification from the referee but he couldn’t get it.
‘We’ll do everything we can to overturn it. If there is a chance to do it, we will. That’s the disappointing thing. The plan was to play so many minutes today and building up to Saturday but we can’t do that now.
‘It was a harsh penalty anyway, to get him sent off as well a bitter blow. It changed the course of the game, for France as well I imagine.’
It can be recalled that Williams had limited game time at Liverpool with just 3 Premier League starts to his name under Jurgen Klopp in the 2020/21 season. Williams had already been earmarked for more minutes against Albania at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
However, he may play no part in the final game ahead of their Euro 2020 opener against Switzerland in Baku on June 12. After the game, Man United winger spoke about the incident with Sky Sports:
‘I’m not one to talk about referees, but it’s a friendly game.
‘He took 10 minutes to look at it and then decided it’s clear and obvious. I don’t know how it’s clear and obvious. He’s yards out and I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.
‘We’ve been told that if he’s in a natural position and he can’t do anything about it’s not a penalty. Even their players were saying ‘don’t send him off. If it had happened against Switzerland we would be a lot more gutted.’