You’re down the pub having a few pints of the good stuff after a hard 90 minutes or so of football, when one person chimes in with the view that the referee was so bad today they could have throttled him, WWE style. That’s when you notice that tricky South American winger the manager brought along to the game is sitting with his bottle of Corona and a weird glint in his eye. Cue Sunday’s game when he does just that: attempts some kind of sleeper hold on the official.
Problem is this isn’t just a distant fantasy, it actually happened. Paraguayan José Pedroso has been banned for a total of 27 games for trying to re-enact something from the squared circle, but, without wanting to court controversy, the refs had it coming sooner or later, didn’t they? Read more.