The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports News -

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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.