Alfonso's howlers almost lead to Calderon meltdown
Published 06/03/2010 | 05:00
ANYONE watching last Sunday's La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Valencia may well have witnessed the worst refereeing display of all time.
Spanish whistler Alfonso Perez Burrull almost got himself lynched at Atletico's Vicente Calderon stadium after two horrendous gaffes.
The first involved Jose Reyes, who charged into the Valencia box only to be hacked down by a two-footed lunge from Ever Banega. Incredibly, Perez Burrull waved play on.
As if that wasn't bad enough for Atletico, Valencia then raced upfield and took the lead through David Silva. Ten minutes later, Atletico's Sergio Aguero was one-on-one with Carlos Marchena in the box and left him on his backside only for the Spanish international to tap the ball away from Aguero's feet with his hand. To the disbelief of those present, Senor Perez Burrull again said 'no penalty.'
Except this time he was confronted by a group of outraged Atletico players, who told Perez Burrull he should at least consult his officials.
But rather than go to his assistant referee, Perez Burrull had a word with his fourth official, who told him it was a penalty. To which end, the ref changed his mind, gave the penalty and sent Marchena off.
Diego Forlan converted and Atletico went on to win 4-1 so there was no real harm done... except to Valencia -- and Perez Burrull's reputation. The official and his assistant have been relieved of their duties for tomorrow's game between Getafe and Osasuna.