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German Cup: Referee Picks Up Sweet And Eats It After Fans Throw Candy Onto Pitch During Frankfurt’s Clash With Mainz (Video)

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RefereeDeniz Aytekin helped himself to a sweet treat during Frankfurt's German Cup home clash with Mainz, with the official eating some of the candy thrown on to the pitch by the fans.

Celebrating carnival season, the visiting fans, many of whom wore fancy dress, lobbed loads of sweets onto the pitch during Wednesday's game.

Ligue 1: Tony Chapron, Referee Who Kicked Out At Nantes Player, Suspended For Six Months

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Tony Chapron, the referee who kicked out at a player during a recent Ligue 1 match, has been suspended from active duty by the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) for six months.

Chapron tangled with Nantes defender Diego Carlos while both sprinting after PSG's Kylian Mbappe.

Divine Intervention: Mark Clattenburg Stops Saudi Arabian Cup Match During Extra-Time So Players Can Answer Call To Prayer (Video)

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Ex-Premier League official Mark Clattenburg was faced with a predicament he surely didn't come across in referee school during the latter stages of Wednesday night's clash between Al Feiha and Al Fateh in theSaudi King's Cup.

With the score level at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the engrossing encounter duly went to extra-time.

Combination Play: Referee John Beaton Skilfully Exchanges Delicate Backheel Pass With Celtic Midfielders (Video)

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Celtic just about managed to consolidate their position at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a 2-1 away win over fellow Glaswegians Partick Thistle on Tuesday night.

However, the victory shouldn't come as much of a surprise, especially as the Bhoys had referee John Beaton on their side for the entire night.

Ligue 1: Referee Tony Chapron Suspended While Investigation Carried Out Into Extraordinary ‘Kick’ Incident During Nantes-PSG Match

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Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron has been suspended after finding himself at the epicentre of an extraordinary incident that brought Nantes' 0-1 home defeat against PSG to a juddering halt on Sunday night.

Chapron tangled legs with Nantes defender Diego Carlos while sprinting after Kylian Mbappe, only to tumble, lash a kick at the Brazilian and then administer him with a second yellow card just to top it all off.

Arsenal: Hector Bellerin To The Rescue As Gunners Earn Late Point In Cracking Capital Clash With Chelsea (Photos & Video)

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A cracking last-gasp strike from Hector Bellerin secured a share of the points after Arsenal and Chelsea played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates.

In a game of many chances, Petr Cech and Thibaut Courtois were outstanding throughout, with the two 'keepers making a number of crucial saves.

Tory MP Douglas Ross Shown ‘Red Card’ In Parliament After Dipping Out Of Debate To Run Line In Champions League Match (Video)

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Conservative MP Douglas Ross has taken a bit of a battering after ditching a Parliamentary debate about welfare reform on Wednesday in favour of running the line at the Camp Nou.

As well as being the Tory MP for Moray, Ross is also a qualified professional assistant referee, and can regularly be seen officiating in the Scottish Premiership.

Lyon Defender Marcelo Shown Farcical Red Card After Accidentally Flicking Yellow Out Of Referee’s Hand (Video)

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Not that we can claim to have seen them all, but Pies are prepared to go out on a limb and declare that Lyon defender Marcelo was the recipient of the harshest red card administered anywhere in world football over the weekend.

The Brazilian centre-half was shown a soft yellow card for 'obstructing' Angers forward Baptiste Santamaria, only to receive a second caution just seconds later after accidentally flicking the yellow card out of the referee's hand.

Light Fingers: Dortmund ‘Keeper Roman Burki Has Weird Pre-Match Ritual That Involves Pinching Balls (Video)

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Generally speaking, you don't have to look very far to find a professional footballer who is hopelessly enslaved to a pre-match superstition.

Some players flick light-switches, some don their kit in a strict order, some chant inside a hastily-scrawled hexagram, light candles and sacrifice newborn livestock to the satanic nether-lord.

Champions League: Spartak Moscow Fan Shoots Flare Gun At Referee During Match Against Maribor (Video)

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Spartak Moscow can probably expect a letter from UEFA waiting on their doormat when they get home tomorrow morning after fans of the Russian club threw themselves a pyro party in the away end of NK Maribor's People's Garden stadium.

Indeed, at one point a flare gun was aimed and fired directly into the middle of the pitch, narrowly missing several players and the referee.

England: Dele Alli Claims He Didn’t Aim Middle Finger Salute At Referee, He Was Just ‘Mucking Around’ With Kyle Walker

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Dele Alli could be staring down the barrel of a FIFA suspension after giving somebody the middle finger during England's 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley last night.

The initial suspicion was that Alli was offering the salute to referee Clement Turpin after Martin Skrtel felled the England midfielder with an agricultural challenge only for the French official to wave play on.

Raheem Sterling Sent Off After Grabbing 97th-Min Winner For Man City In 2-1 Win Over Bournemouth (Photos & Video)

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Mike Dean once again ensured he was centre stage as Man City's dramatic 2-1 win over Bournemouth ended in scenes of utter pandemonium.

Having gone behind to an early Charlie Daniels half-volley screamer, City clawed themselves back level minutes later through Gabriel Jesus.

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The match seemed destined to finish 1-1 when the board went up to inform everybody present that an extra five minutes of injury time had been tacked onto the second half.

Bayern Munich: Franck Ribery Cheekily Unties Referee’s Boot Laces Before Whipping Home 20-Yard Freekick (Video)

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Bayern Munich got their DFB Pokal campaign off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon with a 5-0 rollicking of third-tier Chemnitzer FC.

Franck Ribery scored the fourth goal of the onslaught by tucking away a smart 20-yard free-kick, but not before having a cheeky fiddle with the referee's boot laces.

Confirmed: Mike Dean Is A Weirdo (Video)

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File this one under miscellaneous: Mike Dean scoring an absolutely rubbishgoal during a 5-a-side gameand then celebrating like a proper weirdo...

Mike Dean. The man, the myth, the legend. pic.twitter.com/oJX7xvKAUS

— Joe (@jawtonloe) April 2, 2017

The footagewas part of Sky Sports' programme 'The Referees Onside with Carragher and Neville', in which the intrepid pundits investigated just what it takes to be a Premier League match official.

FAIL: Ex-Sevilla Striker Luis Fabiano Sent Off After Referee Feigns Headbutt During Brazilian Match (Video)

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Luis Fabiano found himself the recipient of one of the softest red cards theCampeonato Carioca has ever seen when the veteran striker was dismissed during the 54th minute of Vasco da Gama's 2-2 draw with Flamengo on Sunday evening.

Having already picked up a yellow earlier in the match, Fabiano made the mistake of getting all up in the referee's business only to find that the official had been taking pointers from his hero, one Paul Alcock.

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How did the referee miss this assault on McTominay?

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With 20 minutes played on Saturday, during Manchester United's game against Huddersfield, Scott McTominay was taken out in the penalty area. Terence Kongolo flew in to McTominay and should have been sent off, with a penalty also due to be awarded.


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Wenger Fumes As Mike Dean Costs Gunners Two Points

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Arsene Wenger was left fuming with referee Mike Dean after he awarded West Bromwich Albion a controversial late penalty for a Calum Chambers handball to deny Arsenal victory.

The Arsenal manager is angry at standards of officiating in the Premier League having lobbied for the role to become professional in the early 2000s only to see 'no improvement'.

Former Liverpool star blasts referee over Man City forward's dismissal

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Jamie Redknapp says referee Mike Dean was wrong to send off Raheem Sterling after his last-minute winner for Manchester City on Saturday.

Sterling’s goal sealed a 2-1 victory for City at Bournemouth and sparked wild celebrations on and off the field, but Redknapp believes Dean’s decision to brandish a red card showed a lack of compassion.

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France suspends referee who kicked player

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Paris (AFP) – The referee who kicked a player during a French Ligue 1 game and then sent him off has been suspended “until further notice”, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Monday.

Tony Chapron kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of Sunday’s match against Paris Saint-Germain after being knocked over when the pair collided in a bizarre incident.

France suspends referee who kicked player

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Paris (AFP) – The referee who kicked a player during a French Ligue 1 game and then sent him off has been suspended “until further notice”, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Monday.

Tony Chapron kicked Diego Carlos of Nantes towards the end of Sunday’s match against Paris Saint-Germain after being knocked over when the pair collided in a bizarre incident.

Northern Ireland’s Evans apologises for wife’s ref rant

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Belfast (AFP) – Corry Evans has apologised for his wife’s foul-mouthed tweet towards the referee who awarded a penalty against him in Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in Belfast on Thursday.

The key moment came with just over 30 minutes to go when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley from range was blocked by Evans just a few yards away in the box and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot, even though the ball struck him on his shoulder as he took evasive action.

Northern Ireland’s Evans apologises for wife’s ref rant

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Belfast (AFP) – Corry Evans has apologised for his wife’s foul-mouthed tweet towards the referee who awarded a penalty against him in Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland in Belfast on Thursday.

The key moment came with just over 30 minutes to go when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley from range was blocked by Evans just a few yards away in the box and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the spot, even though the ball struck him on his shoulder as he took evasive action.

British MP gives up dream of refereeing at World Cup

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London (AFP) – British lawmaker Douglas Ross says he will no longer referee football matches while parliament is sitting - meaning his dream of officiating at next year’s World Cup is over.

The Scottish Conservative MP was criticised for missing a vote on welfare policy in the House of Commons earlier this month to help officiate in the Champions League.

British MP gives up dream of refereeing at World Cup

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London (AFP) – British lawmaker Douglas Ross says he will no longer referee football matches while parliament is sitting - meaning his dream of officiating at next year’s World Cup is over.

The Scottish Conservative MP was criticised for missing a vote on welfare policy in the House of Commons earlier this month to help officiate in the Champions League.

Football: China drafts in foreign refs to halt controversies

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Shanghai (AFP) – The Chinese FA said Thursday it will bring in foreign referees to officiate selected Super League games starting this weekend and later introduce the use of video replay in response to recent pitch controversies.

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson will oversee Saturday’s game between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng, accompanied by another two Swedish assistants, the Chinese Football Association said on its website.

Mourinho escapes further action after sending-off

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the English Football Association following his dismissal in the Premier League clash at Southampton at the weekend.

The 54-year-old was sent to the stands by referee Craig Pawson for encroaching on the pitch during stoppage time of his side’s 1-0 win at St Mary’s on Saturday.

South Africa may appeal FIFA replay order

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – South Africa may appeal a FIFA decision ordering the replay of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee manipulated the result.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the organisation said Thursday.

South Africa may appeal FIFA replay order

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Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) – South Africa may appeal a FIFA decision ordering the replay of a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee manipulated the result.

“The South African Football Association (SAFA) is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision,” the organisation said Thursday.

Infantino confirms video refereeing at 2018 World Cup

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Santiago (AFP) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino confirmed Wednesday that video assistant referees will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia for the first time.

“We will use video refereeing at the 2018 World Cup because we’ve had nothing but positive results so far,” he said at a congress of the South American Football Confederation in Santiago, Chile.

Manchester City charged with failing to control players: FA

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London (AFP) – Manchester City face a charge of failing to control their players by the Football Association for their surrounding the referee Michael Oliver when he awarded a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.

Oliver, the same referee who was surrounded by Manchester United players in the fractious FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea last week and resulted in the club being fined £20,000 (23,000 euros, $24,700), awarded a penalty to Liverpool when he judged Gael Clichy to have fouled Roberto Firmino in the 50th minute.

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Italian FA Launch Investigation Into Piero Giacomelli After Referee Alleged To Operate Facebook Account Using Pseudonym ‘Jack O’Melly’

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It's been an iffy few days for Serie A referee Piero Giacomelli, who currently finds himself at the centre of an Italian football federation (FIGC) investigation into an alleged breach of their stringent regulations pertaining to personal social media use.

If you're struggling to place the name, Giacomelli was the referee who, after denying Lazio a penalty and administering Ciro Immobile with a soft red card during a recent league game against Torino, became embroiled in a vendetta that saw hundreds of angry Biancoceleste fans bombard his cafe's Tripadvisor page with negative reviews.

Angry Lazio Fans Bombard Referee’s Cafe With Bad TripAdvisor Reviews After Ciro Immobile Shown Soft Red Card

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Lazio fans let their feelings about referee Piero Giacomelli be known after bombarding the Serie A match official's café with negative ratings on TripAdvisor.

Revenge proved to be a dish best served cold for Biancocelesti supporters, who took to the review site a day after Giacomelli controversially sent Ciro Immobile off during Lazio's 3-1 loss to Torino, but missed an apparent handball from Iago Falque.

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Greek Travesty: Lamia Goalkeeper Nikos Papadopoulos Given Five-Match Suspension For Excitedly Hugging Referee

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PAS Lamia goalkeeper Nikos Papadopoulos has been slapped with a hefty five-match suspension for the heinous crime of 'accidentally' hugging a match official at the end of a recent Greek Super League match.

Papadopoulos was so overcome with elation after Lamia scored a 97th-minute equaliser in their 2-2 draw against Panaitolikos on Sunday that he kissed, embraced and shook refereeIoannis Neophatiadis.

Atletico Madrid: Diego Godin Handed Three-Match Ban For Telling Fourth Official ‘You Are Very Bad’

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Diego Godin has had his season ended prematurely after being handed a three-match suspension from on high.

According to Telecinco, Godin was banned for the heinous crime of yelling "Sois muy malos" ("You are very bad") at thefourth official during Atletico's last league outing against Eibar.

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Nobody should be allowed to abuse referees – not even Wenger! Where is the RESPECT?

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The Arsenal boss was given a three-game touchline ban today for basically calling the referee a cheat (although the FA used the words 'questioning the integrity of the referee') when Mike Dean gave a penalty to West Brom in the dying minutes of the League clash at West Brom. Wenger has absolutely no regrets for [.

Thorns FC: Opportunity Knocks

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In the 2016 NWSL semifinal, the then-Western New York Flash took on the Portland Thorns and, under the somnolent gaze of center referee Marco Vega, beat the living bejesus out of them.

No, I'm not talking about the final score.

I mean that Western New York's players took the opportunity given them by a referee who considered anything less than forty stitches or a gunshot wound incidental contact to whale the tar out of Portland's key players.

Revolution in favor of Video Review in MLS

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Heaps: The reality is I'm a fan of it if they get it right.

On Saturday, the New England Revolution got their first glimpses at Video Review when referee Ismail Elfath inspected two plays. Although it's still new, the Revs like what they've seen so far.

"The reality is I'm a fan of it if they get it right," head coach Jay Heaps explained.

Jordan Morris might be a little too honest

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Referee thanks Sounders forward for correcting a call.

It's not very often that a player corrects a referee in order to get a call to go against his team. But, according to referee Ricardo Salazar, that's exactly what Jordan Morris did in Saturday's game against the San Jose Earthquakes.

‘Bung’ – Phil Neville Accuses Pierluigi Collina Of Fixing Everton’s 2005 Champions League Defeat Against Villarreal

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Like many Evertonians, Phil Neville harbours a grudge against ex-referee Pierluigi Collina for a controversial decisionthat ultimately saw the Toffees knocked out of the Champions League back in 2005.

Everton eventually lost 2-1 against Villarreal at El Madrigal and 4-2 on aggregate, as Collina disallowed a late Duncan Ferguson header that would have sent the tie to extra-time.