Mats Hummels hits out at joke of a penalty call for PSV against Borussia Dortmund

PSV v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Champions League
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Mats Hummels was left frustrated by the referee's decision to award PSV Eindhoven a penalty in the second-half of their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Tuesday evening. The Black and Yellows took the lead in the first-half through Donyell Malen, before Luuk de Jong equalised from the penalty spot for PSV.

There was plenty of controversy surrounding the penalty decision made by referee Srdjan Jovanovic, as Mats Hummels got a slice of the ball before making contact with PSV's Malik Tillman. Despite protests from the Borussia Dortmund players, the decision was allowed to stand.

Hummels made his thoughts about the penalty decision known on X (formerly known as Twitter) after the game. The centre-back labeled the decision as a joke, and added that he cannot believe some of the decisions that have been given against Borussia Dortmund in recent years despite the introduction of VAR. "Twitter waits for it. Twitter gets it. What a joke of a penalty against us. Again! I cannot believe there can be decisions like today or against Chelsea or PSG with the VAR," Hummels said.

Despite the controversial penalty incident, Mats Hummels is confident that Borussia Dortmund will progress to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. The 35 year old told Prime Video, "I saw a very beatable Eindhoven. We were not good enough with the ball. In our home game, we simply need to play better with the ball. Then, I am very confident we will progress."