Referee blunders grab the headlines in Cyprus

first_imgBy Iacovos ConstantinouTHE men in black (or green, or mauve, or blue or pink nowadays) were the unsavoury ‘stars’ of the final round of the Cyprus football championship this week before the Christmas break.In all but one of the seven games played, the officials managed to grab the headlines by willfully or not affecting the results with ludicrous decisions.The worrying aspect is that both inexperienced and experienced officials were guilty of such decisions. On the positive side, if one can call it positive, is that the gaffes were not intentionally made to favour a particular team, but merely because that is the standard of Cyprus refereeing.In the game between Paralimni and Ermis the ref disallowed what looked like a perfectly good goal and then minutes from the end awarded a non-existent (the striker who won the penalty managed to trip over his own legs outside the box) penalty to the team he had wronged earlier on in the game.Anorthosis, who so far this season had been accused by other clubs and fans of getting the rub of the green, got the short end of the stick this time.The referee awarded their opponents, Ethnikos, a penalty that even had their own players bewildered – in fact everybody believed that the ref had blown for simulation.The same referee then decided at the end of the 90 minutes to add on a further five for added time but when that was up and he still had some energy to burn, he added an extra three minutes for reasons known only to him.The referee of the Salamina v Ayia Napa game has to sit down and re-read the rules of football.The hawk-eyed official spotted a defender dragging an opponent to the ground in the penalty area with the ball in play elsewhere. A yellow card was brandished to the defender but for some reason no penalty was awarded.In the two big games between APOEL v AEK and AEL v Apollon, legitimate penalty claims were waved away while in the APOEL v AEK match, leg-breaking challenges that should have warranted red cards went completely unpunished.The icing on the cake though must be Omonia’s winning goal against Doxa. In the build-up, the ball had clearly gone out of play by a foot or so but neither the referee nor his assistant spotted it.A clean bill of health from their optician is a must for both if they are to officiate again.Doxa’s hapless coach was red carded for arguing the obvious to the ref but he should know better. He is no Sir Alex Ferguson or Manchester United as Tottenham’s Pedro Mendes will probably testify following an infamous incident in the Premier League back in 2005 (below).last_img read more

SEA Games: Jocelyn Ninobla takes home 2nd poomsae gold for PH

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas MANILA, Philippines—Jocelyn Ninobla made it a golden double for the Philippines after a close win in women’s individual recognized poomsae in taekwondo in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Rizal Memorial Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Ninobla scored 8.433 for the gold medal, just .001 ahead of silver medalist Ornawee Srisahakit of Thailand who had 8.432. Vietnam’s Tran Kim Uyen Le rounded out the podium with her bronze performance garnering a score of 8.149.The jin from University of Santo Tomas joined Rodolfo Reyes Jr. as the first two Filipinos to win gold medals in taekwondo in the 2019 SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Ninobla, who is also competing another event later in the day, is a gold medal winner in the team category in the 2019 Korea Open. Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations SEA Games: Cebuana gymnast Daniela Dela Pisa wins gold in hoops event No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more