Ref­eree of the week

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

That would be the highly heroic Dario Cid who was ref­er­ee­ing a game in Ar­gentina’s lower leagues when the coach of one of the sides be­gan giv­ing him and his as­sis­tant ref­eree dog’s abuse. Ar­gentino de Al­fonso won the game 2-1, but Vi­a­jantes coach Lu­ciano Susin was incensed be­cause he be­lieved they had equalised in added time, the lines­man sig­nalling that the ball had not crossed the line - so incensed that when he be­gan shar­ing his feel­ings with the of­fi­cials, he col­lapsed with a heart at­tack.

If the ref was a colder man he might have waved play on, but in­stead he set about sav­ing Susin’s life by pump­ing his chest and giv­ing him mouth to mouth re­sus­ci­ta­tion. Susin re­gained con­scious­ness and was taken to hospi­tal from where he was dis­charged later in the day. “I want to thank you, Dario, be­cause if you had not been there I do not know what would have hap­pened,” said a grate­ful Susin when the pair were re­united. And then he added: “But the ball clearly crossed the line!” See? Foot­ball IS more im­por­tant than life or death. And ac­cord­ing to Lib­er­tad Dig­i­tal, when the ref fin­ished re­viv­ing Susin and the am­bu­lance took him away, he reg­is­tered in his match report that he had sent him off. “First I res­ur­rected him and then I ex­pelled him,” he said. All in a day’s work.

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