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Portuguese Cup Final Match Ball Delivered To Referee Before Kick-Off Using Mysterious Arcane Sorcery (Video)

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Desportivo Aves caused a bit of a shock in the Portuguese Cup final on Sunday when they beat Sporting Lisbon to lift the trophy for the first time in their 88-year existence.

Aves finished 13th in the Primeira Liga this season having only ever spent three seasons in the top flight of Portuguese football, but nevertheless managed a 2-1 victory over Sporting, who have won the Taca no less than 16 times before.

Foul Play: Referee Trips One Player Then Another During Turkish Super Lig Clash Between Besiktas and Kayserispor (Video)

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With the amount of abuse referees receive from players, it's no wonder that sometimes the officials want to dish out a nasty challenge or two.

During the Turkish Super Lig clash between Besiktas and Kayserispor on Sunday, ref Baris Simsek decided to take out a couple of players after just nine minutes of play.

Fairly Standard: Russian Third Division Game Starts With Brown Bear Handing Over Matchball And Clapping The Crowd (Video)

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While the game may have been overshadowed by more grandiose fixtures across the continent, Saturday's Russian Professional Football League (RPFL) schedule saw Mashuk-KMV take over FC Angusht Nazran in the big battle for 12th place.

However, the real entertainment if you can call it that came before a ball had been kicked in anger when a real, live brown bear was tasked with handing over the match-ball to the referee, who didn't seem to bat an eyelid at the prospect.

FA Cup: Tottenham Trounce Rochdale Amid Wembley Blizzard On Night Of Yet More Maddening VAR Turbulence (Photos & Video)

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Tottenham's top-tier calibre eventually prevailed as the Premier League side ran roughshod over Rochdale in their FA Cup fifth-round replay at Wembley on a snow-bound Wednesday night.

After the first match ended in a 2-2 draw at Spotland, a Fernando Llorente hat-trick spirited Spurs to an emphatic 6-1 win in the second though the evening will probably be best remembered for a series of calamitous VAR interjections.

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.

Real Madrid

Gianluigi Buffon Announces He Is To Leave Juventus, Also Semi-Apologises For Calling Referee Michael Oliver ‘Garbage Bin Heart’

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Gianluigi Buffon has announced that Saturday's home game against Hellas Verona will be his last for Juventus.

The veteran goalkeeper has been a mainstay in the Bianconeri back-line since 2001, but this weekend will see him make final appearance for the Serie A champions.

Champions League: Gianluigi Buffon Charged By UEFA For Accusing Referee Michael Oliver Of Having ‘Garbage Bin For A Heart’

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UEFA have charged Gianluigi Buffon over his conduct towards referee Michael Oliver during Juventus' Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid.

After losing 3-0 to Real at home in the first tie, the Bianconeri muscled their way back to parity at Bernabeu only to see their dreams dashed by a soft 93rd-minute penalty call.

‘He Has A Garbage Bin For A Heart’ – Gianluigi Buffon Lambasts Referee Michael Oliver For Ending Champions League Dream By Applying Laws Of Football

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As you may be aware, Juventus saw their Champions League voyage brought to a shuddering halt in the most dramatic of circumstances on a fateful Wednesday evening at the Bernabeu.

After losing 3-0 to Real Madrid at home in the first tie, Juve fought their way back to parity on enemy soil in a thrilling second leg only to see it all dashed by a 93rd-minute penalty call.

Juventus Chief Andrea Agnelli Calls UEFA Anti-Italian

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli blasted Michael Oliver after the English referee awarded Real Madrid a stoppage-time penalty on Wednesday evening.

Two goals from Mario Mandzukic and another by Blaise Matuidi had put Juventus 3-0 up on the night and heading for extra-time after levelling the two-legged Champions League quarter-final at 3-3 on aggregate.

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No regrets for Buffon over referee rant

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists he has no regrets about his outburst against the referee who awarded the late penalty that put Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals.

“I’d say them all again. Maybe with a different type of language, one that was more civilised, let’s say.

No regrets for Buffon over referee rant

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon insists he has no regrets about his outburst against the referee who awarded the late penalty that put Real Madrid into the Champions League semi-finals.

“I’d say them all again. Maybe with a different type of language, one that was more civilised, let’s say.

‘Referee has garbage bag instead of heart’, rages Buffon

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Madrid (Spain) (AFP) – Gianluigi Buffon told English referee Michael Oliver he “has no heart” and should have been watching Juventus’ Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid in the stands “with his wife and a Sprite”.

Oliver awarded Real a penalty in the 93rd minute at the Santiago Bernabeu, after Juve defender Mehdi Benatia brought down Lucas Vazquez with a clumsy challenge from behind.

Referee who kicked player has ban doubled after failed appeal

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Paris (AFP) – French referee Tony Chapron’s ban for tackling a player in a Ligue 1 game was doubled on Friday as he lost his appeal, according to sources close to the disciplinary process.

Chapron was banned for three months for kicking Diego Carlos, a Nantes player, during a game against Paris Saint-Germain in mid-January.

Juventus pressured referee says Spurs boss Pochettino

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London (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino said Friday that senior Juventus officials put pressure on the referee during their Champions League victory against Tottenham, describing the Italian champions as specialists in success.

Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Wembley on Wednesday meant they exited the tournament 4-3 on aggregate despite dominating the tie overall.

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.

Arsenal

Dissent Into Madness: Hemel Hempstead Striker Sanchez Watt Sent Off (Then Immediately ‘Un-Sent Off’) After Confusing Surname Causes Hilarious Referee Mix-Up

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Former Arsenal player Sanchez Watt found himself involved in a slapstick refereeing gaffe when his Hemel Hempstead team hosted East Thurrock in the National League South on Tuesday evening.

The referee initially booked Watt for kicking the ball away, though pandemonium duly ensued when the official attempted to ask the forward for his name.

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 [.

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'.

Serie A

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.

The Rest

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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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.

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.