Deniz Aytekin: “We also deserve a certain amount of respect.”

Speaking after Borussia Dortmund’s 1-0 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach, referee Deniz Aytekin discussed his decision to send off Mahmoud Dahoud for a second bookable offence.

“You can argue that the decision is too harsh when viewed individually but for me it was about something completely different,” Aytekin told Sky Germany.

“There was a similar situation earlier where Guerreiro had waved his hand several times. I clearly stated that I simply don’t tolerate such behavior on the pitch. It’s a very ugly picture for football. We also deserve a certain amount of respect.”

Speaking on ZDF on Saturday night, Aytekin further added that he wouldn’t have shown Dahoud a second yellow card had the Guerreiro incident not happened.

The Portugal international waved away Aytekin, who felt it lacked respect and then proceeded to warn him. A warning that Dahoud didn’t follow.

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