What exactly constitutes “ungentlemanly conduct?” That’s the question footballers up and down the land are asking themselves after the match between International Manchester FC and Chorlton Villa. IMFC were allowed to retake a penalty (which had been saved) after the ref heard a Chorlton player break wind and subsequently booked him for it.
This and the fact that IMFC scored from the penalty understandably upset Chorlton and they had 3 dismissals for what their manager termed “entering into conversation with the referee.” Despite this handicap, they still managed to win 6-4.
And speaking of Manchester and Villa, another ref was flexing his individuality not that far away. Federico Macheda scores an injury time winner in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford. A magical moment for anyone, let alone a 17 year old making his first team debut. And what does the ref do? Book him for celebrating! Mike Riley, hang your head in shame.