'Keeper's penalty protest not in vain as ref gets six months
Published 22/10/2011 | 05:00
Romanian goalkeeper Remus Danalache adopted a novel approach to protesting against a contentious penalty decision by turning his back as the ball was struck.
The irate Vointa Sibiu 'keeper refused to face the spot-kick after the referee awarded a debatable penalty to the home side Petrolul, who were already 3-1 ahead, after Vointa had seen two men already sent off, including the first choice goalkeeper.
This was the final straw for the visitors and Danalache was left on the field all on his own after his eight remaining outfield team-mates walked off in protest.
The Petrolul player easily scored, but was ordered to retake the penalty by the referee.
Second time round, the Romanian 'keeper turned around the correct way, but stayed rooted to the spot as the ball passed him and nestled in the net.
The protest may have ultimately proved fruitless with Vointa losing the game 4-1, but there was some small consolation as the referee was later suspended for six months as a result of his performance.