The backlash over video refereeing has seen officials in the news recently, so it’s nice to see a referee courting old fashion controversy without the help of video.
Let’s travel over to our Scandinavian friends in Finland. The second division of Finnish football, to be exact.
AC Oulu took on Ekenas IF in the Ykkonen league.
After 57 minutes, with the scores tied at 0-0, Ekenas were awarded a penalty for a pretty routine foul.
No complaints. Well, some, but that goes without saying.
After the bickering died down a player from Ekenas stepped up to take the penalty.
He struck it to the keepers right, only for the referee to rule the goal out for encroachment.
Time to try again.
Now this is where it gets slightly confusing.
The Ekenas player put the ball on the spot and prepared to retake the penalty, only for the referee to blow up again and book someone.
One theory is that he was unhappy with the Ekenas player’s placement of the ball on the spot, but that still makes little sense as he booked one of his team-mates.
He then reverses the decision and, to add salt to Ekenas wounds, Oulu went on to win 1-0.
You can watch the full incident here.
The penalty is awarded around the 1.11 mark. Answers on a postcard please.
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