A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to praise referee Daniel Siebert for his impressive performance in the Europa League last-16 first leg game between the Gunners and Olympiakos.
When it comes to referees, the best compliment is when they don’t get mentioned during or after a game.
However, given the controversy around some of the officiating in the Premier League, some Arsenal fans could note the contrast between what they’re used to domestically and how Siebert performed on Thursday night.
The 36-year-old, who officiates in the Bundesliga, was unperturbed by protests from some Olympiakos players following Gabriel Magalhaes’ goal, Arsenal’s second of the game.
Some Arsenal fans did have some minor complaints over Siebert’s display – one felt Gabriel’s booking was harsh, one wasn’t happy with an early challenge on Bukayo Saka, and one felt some Olympiakos players should’ve been carded.
But for the most part, most fans found it refreshing to witness such a good refereeing display without any big talking points.
Eduardo Hagn described Siebert’s display as a “masterclass” and other Arsenal supporters joined in to praise the German: