Referee of the week
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.