Wales appeal Williams’ dismissal
Robert Page has vowed that Wales will do their utmost to overturn the red card which should exclude Neco Williams from his final warm-up match for Euro 2020.
Williams was “devastated”, according to interim manager Page, after being sent off in the 26th minute of Wales’ 3-0 loss to France in Nice.
The Liverpool full-back was only yards from Karim Benzema when he blocked the Real Madrid striker’s point blank shot with both arms out of his body.
After a long VAR check, Portuguese referee Luis Godinho considered it to be deliberate handball and showed the puzzled Williams a red card.
Page said: “Neco is devastated in this. He wanted a justification from the referee but he couldn’t get it.
“We will do our utmost to overthrow him. If there is a chance to do so, we will.
“That’s the disappointing thing. The plan was to play so many minutes today and prepare until Saturday, but we can’t do it now.
“It was a harsh punishment anyway, to get him kicked out as well.
“It changed the course of the game, for France too I imagine.”
Daniel James: “He took 10 minutes to look at it, then decided it was clear and obvious. I don’t know how clear and obvious it is.”
Williams has had limited playing time at Liverpool this season, with the 20-year-old having started just three Premier League games for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Page had booked Williams for more minutes against Albania at Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
But it now seems likely that he will have to miss the last game before their Euro 2020 opener with Switzerland in Baku on June 12.
Welsh winger Daniel James told Sky Sports: “I’m not the type to talk about referees, but it’s a friendly game.
“He took 10 minutes to look at it, then decided it was clear and obvious. I don’t know how clear and obvious it is.
“He’s two meters away and I’m not even sure it’s a penalty.
“We were told that if he’s in a natural position and there is nothing he can do about it, it’s not a penalty. Even their players were saying ‘don’t send him off’.
“If this had happened against Switzerland, we would be much more drained.”
Wales started well against the world champions and James forced a nice fifth-minute save from French captain Hugo Lloris.
But France made their extra man count with ruthless efficiency as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele scored in what was ultimately a comfortable victory.