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.