Ever had unauthorized football players on the bench during one of your matches? It happend in Spain last weekend. Fábio Coentrão took his place on the bench for the match against Espanyol. Apparently he missed the memo that he was not selected.
Coentrão as unauthorized player on the bench. Casillas notifies him, others start to laugh.
Iker Casillas started laughing when Fábio Coentrão took his seat between the Real Madrid substitutes in the match last weekend (check video below). Football coach José Mourinho changed his squad in the match before the Copa Del Rey final to give his star players some rest. Coentrão thought he could join Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench, but he was wrong. He left the field red-faced trying to find a seat in the stadium.
The referee had to do nothing to get this “unauthorized football player” from the pitch. It made me think of the matches we – referees from different levels and countries – officiate during the football season. Dutch (amateur) referees have to check player cards and if they are put on the (digital) match form. Opponents may ask for a visual control, but nobody ever did in my matches.
I was wondering which of you checks always if there are other persons on the bench than allowed by the FA. If so, how do you do that? Always take the time to ask their names?
Check out the video of the incident with Coentrão:
Bulgarian football coach Antoni Zdravkov steals the red and yellow card of the referee. The coach from FK Botev Vratsa in the highest Bulgarian league was mad at the referee after giving a penalty to CSKA Sofia.
Zdravkov tries to tear the cards, but it doesn’t work. The angry coach throws the red and yellow card away then. The match ended in 3-4 win for CSKA Sofia. The referee gave one penalty against FK Botev Vratska, but the team from the angry coach also scored twice from the penalty spot.
The Belgian FA has started the campaign “I like referees” earlier this season. Uefa referee boss Pierluigi Collina likes referees too.
“I think it’s important to support, help and assist the referees, so any action to promote refereeing is very important. I’m very pleased that the Belgian FA started such initiative.”
Pierluigi Collina also talks about the moment he got the most respect as a referee. “Ofcourse it was the World Cup final. I was invited on stage by Fifa presidant Blatter put a gold medal around my neck and then the crowd in the Yokohama stadium gave a very big applause. It’s something I’ll never forget. Fantastic.”
His last advice: “Support the referee be liking the facebook page.”
Also check out the interview with Howard Webb by the Dutch Referee Blog about his advice to young referees at the start of the campaign.
Assistant referee John Brooks has some advice for the Manchester City players shaking his hands after the match against Arsenal: Go to your fans, who paid a huge fee for a ticket, and thank them for coming.
Fans of Manchester City were showing banners to protest against the high prices for this match. Football365.com says that Manchester Citry returned 912 unsold tickets (price 62 pounds) for the match at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal.
Mike Dean’s linesman John Brooks has seen the banners too. After James Milner and Joe hart shook his hands, he speaks with Joleon Lescott. Brooks: “Go and see them. They’ve paid 62 quid over there, go and see them.”
Italian news website MNews reports that a referee has been kicked on his head. It’s not a pitch invasion like I posted last week, but this seems a serious violent offence against the referee.
Check out the video below. Sad to see this referee hobbling slowly of the pitch after “being kicked on the head”, according to Italian news website Mnews. The teams Melito di Porto Salvo and Santo Stefano d’Aspromonte you were playing the game. The score was 5-3 at the moment of the incident.
My Italian is not good (status: can understand texts only with Google Translate), so maybe my Italian followers could tell what the Italian FA does after such incidents when a referee is kicked on his head.