Liverpool Loanee Karius Slams Referee For Giving Second Penalty In Besiktas Clash

Besiktas were held to a 2-2 draw against Konyaspor at the Konya Stadium in the Super Lig on Sunday.

Konyaspor were awarded two penalties against the Black Eagles with Yatabare converting his first-spot kick and blazing the second over the bar.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men following the first penalty after Domagoj Vida was send off for handling the ball in the box.

Liverpool loanee Loris Karius slammed the referee for awarded the second penalty calling it a soft decision.

“You can’t change the decision the referee makes,” Karius said after the game.

“I didn’t see the first penalty decision clearly but the second one was soft. 

“It was a cheap penalty and should not have been given.

“Despite all the calls that went against us by the referees we never gave up and that is what I want to focus on.”

Karius started in goal after being involved in an unfortunate own goal in the 2-0 Europa League defeat against Malmo, which he was blamed for.

The German keeper could do little to prevent the penalties and was not at fault for Konyaspor’s second goal.

Ten man Besiktas actually fought back and went ahead after scoring twice in quick succession in the second half.

The home side managed to rescue a point with a last-gasp equaliser in the fourth minute of additional time.

Karius revealed he was proud of his teams performance on the night and the fight they showed.

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“We put on a performance to be proud of. We went down to 10 men, everything went wrong but we never game up and gave 100 percent,” he added.

“I felt proud of the team and how hard we fought.”

Karius has conceded six goals in six league games for the Black Eagles, keeping one clean sheet.