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The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Soccer -

Ref­eree Regi­nald Lath­bridge was banned for life by the Ghana­ian FA af­ter he mis­tak­enly named the wrong player in his match re­port as hav­ing been booked, the up­shot be­ing that the fella who ac­tu­ally re­ceived the yel­low card went on to play in a cru­cial game when he should have been sus­pended.

That led to an­other sub­se­quently rel­e­gated club seek­ing an in­junc­tion to de­lay the start of the new sea­son. The FA’s chief an­noy­ance was that it had taken Lath­bridge seven months to ad­mit the er­ror. In his de­fence the ref de­clared: “If it is pos­si­ble for a doc­tor to op­er­ate on a pa­tient and leave a scis­sors in his tummy and later re­alise what he has done, why can’t I also do the same even if it’s seven months later?” There just was no an­swer to that.

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