Ajax player red-carded for ‘fair tackle’ amid VAR frustrations

Football supporters were astonished when Ajax's Steven Berghuis was shown a red card on Thursday, despite cleanly winning the ball in a tackle against Marseille's Joaquin Correa.

Ajax Player Gets Suspended For Perfect Challenge

Ajax supporters were left furious when Steven Berghuis received a red card in their Europa League clash against Marseille. Berghuis made a challenge on Joaquin Correa early in the second half, cleanly winning the ball. However, Correa exaggerated the impact, falling and clutching his right foot.

Despite VAR reviewing the tackle and acknowledging Berghuis won the ball, they opted to send off the Dutch player. One possible explanation could be the scissor-like motion in Berghuis’s challenge, an action referees worldwide are striving to eliminate.

“Dreadful decision from VAR get rid of it now no one knows how to operate it,” vented one fan. Another responded incredulously, “Tf?! How is this even a red?”

Commenting on the incident, a third supporter said, “Just look at that first replay. Harsh and definitely a yellow, but how is this a red,” While another added, “How is that a red card on Berghuis? I’m confused he touches the ball then the momentum makes him take out the player!”

Berghuis himself couldn’t believe the decision and expressed his frustration in the media zone: “It’s not a red card. In fact I just watched it back, it might not even be a yellow.”

Ajax’s challenging season persisted in France as they suffered a defeat against Marseille, landing them at the bottom of their Europa League group. To enter the Europa Conference League, the Dutch side must defeat AEK Athens.

With only four victories this season, Ajax finds themselves mid-table in the Eredivisie, facing a challenging campaign.

Steven Berghuis

Steven Berghuis

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 33

182 cm

75 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 17 5 Missed
Minutes 1355 79.7 Avg
Goals 4 0.2 Avg
Assist 8 0.5 Avg
Attempt 37 2.2 Avg
Passes 814 47.981.4% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.1 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 9 times for 651 minutes for Eredivisie.

Steven Berghuis  scored 1 goal for Ajax. He procured 5 assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.

His team is currently 8th in Eredivisie. In the last match Ajax lost 4-3 against Olympique Marseille.

Ajax performance and stats


Manager: John van \'t Schip
Rank 5th
Win 10
Draw 6
Loss 7
Goals 51-43
Diff 8
Rank 3rd
Win 1
Draw 2
Loss 3
Goals 10-13
Diff -3

Ajax is currently 8th in the Eredivisie with 15 points.

In the last 12 games, it has won 5 times, drawn 4 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Ajax won 5-0 against Vitesse.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 26 goals and conceding 24.​

Ajax will play the next match in Eredivisie against NEC on Sunday 3rd of December in Nijmegen. The prediction is Ajax winning the match.​