Bodmer: We were robbed
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mathieu Bodmer believes Lille were 'robbed' against Manchester United.
Mathieu Bodmer admits that the general consensus in the Lille dressing room was that they had been 'robbed' following a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
A controversial Ryan Giggs free-kick settled a contest that has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with Lille adamant that they were handed rough justice on the field, and Manchester United supporters feeling likewise off it.
Uefa are to investigate what occurred in the stands and are also likely to be interested in Lille's reaction to the award of a goal they felt should have been disallowed due to a technical indiscretion.
Bodmer admits the mood in Lille's camp is one of incredulity, of the opinion that had the incident occurred at the other end of the field, then the outcome would have been very different.
"It is very difficult to swallow, we feel like we've been robbed," he told L'Equipe.
"We would like the rules to be the same for everyone. The team prepared to build the wall, then we waited for the referee's whistle, as is always done in Ligue 1.
"Then we saw Giggs shoot and score and we were all sure the referee would not validate the goal.
"We tried to argue our reservations, even if we know it would be useless.
"If Lille scored in the same conditions, I am not sure the goal would have been validated. Anyway we can't dwell on such a feeling even if it is very difficult to swallow.
"We will have more gaps during the return leg and if we play as we did in second half, we will have other opportunities."