Trainer Sjors Ultee acknowledges that Fortuna Sittard is responsible for the elimination in the eighth finals of the TOTO KNVB Cup, but he also thinks that Kevin Blom is not going free.

The referee gave a debatable penalty to NEC in extra time on Thursday evening, which partly because of this won 3-1 in Nijmegen.

After a 1-1 score after ninety minutes, NEC took the lead in the first half of extra time.

Fortuna attacker Sebastian Polter held on to defender Cas Odenthal lightly, but for Blom it was enough to put the ball on the dot.

Jordy Bruijn then made no error of 11 meters.

"I think it's really scandalous that someone gives a penalty for that," said an irritated Ultee after the game in conversation with



"I know that the VAR is useful. But if that help is so necessary in the Netherlands, we really have a problem."

"If you were to look at the rest of the penalty area, I am sure that our players were also held. Moreover, the ball went 3 meters over everyone, so as a referee you really want to give a penalty kick. not the fault of the defeat, but this broke us up. "

Fortuna attacker Sebastian Polter caused a penalty kick.

Fortuna attacker Sebastian Polter caused a penalty kick.

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'We should not act crazy now'

Kitchen Champion Division club NEC also made the 3-1 five minutes after the used penalty and joined the last eight, just like Excelsior, Vitesse, PSV, sc Heerenveen, Feyenoord, Ajax and VVV-Venlo.

For Fortuna, which remained without a defeat in six of the last seven Eredivisie matches, a good period came to an end.

"I am particularly disappointed with the defeat and the way in which", said Ultee.

"This is a very unpleasant evening for us. We now have one assignment: get up quickly. Don't go crazy and take out this frustration, but stay strong."

Fortuna Sittard, with a lead of nine points on number seventeen ADO Den Haag currently number eleven in the Eredivisie, will continue the competition on Sunday with a home game against leader Ajax (kick-off at 12.15).

View the program and the position in the Eredivisie