THE REFEREE’S A DRINKER
REFEREES are, it is acknowledged, easy targets for managers, players and fans when things aren’t going well for their sides. Almost all are, of course, only doing their best. There are, however, a few, like Brazilian official José Roberto Marquez, who really can’t complain too much when they attract a bit of flak.
Marquez has been suspended after CCTV footage apparently showed him buying alcohol in a service station hours before a game while “being held upright by girls”.
Being something of a pro he still turned up for the game but, observed Luis António Oliveira, a director of one of the clubs, Batatais: “He had 20 cups of water and kept laughing at the players. He then told a ballboy to take a corner. I felt that was odd.”