More buf­foon­ery

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Top Mickey-Taker of the Week: Take a bow, Michele Con­tento. He’s the 40-year-old goal­keeper for Unione Fin­cantieri Mon­fal­cone in the Fri­u­lian di­vi­sion of the Se­conda Cat­e­go­ria which, ac­cord­ing to Foot­ball-italia.net (and we’re not go­ing to ar­gue with them), is the eighth tier of Ital­ian foot­ball.

A week and a bit af­ter Gian­luigi Buf­fon ac­cused ref­eree Michael Oliver of hav­ing “a bag of rub­bish” in­stead of a heart for send­ing him off in the dy­ing mo­ments of the Cham­pi­ons League game be­tween Ju­ven­tus and Real Madrid, Con­tento was red-carded af­ter three min­utes for haul­ing down a San Canzian Begliano striker.

Asked about the in­ci­dent af­ter the game, a gig­gling Con­tento said: “In my opin­ion a Sec­ond Cat­e­go­ria ref­eree can’t come to Mon­fal­cone and be al­lowed to not have the right sen­si­bil­ity, and send off a lad of 40 for a penalty which was... clear. If he gives a penalty like that and sends me off af­ter three min­utes, it means in­stead of a heart he has a case of beer”. Ras­cal.

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