Sunday 22 April 2018

Van Persie latest victim of nou camp noise

Robin van Persie is not the only player to have had problems hearing the referee's whistle in the Nou Camp this season.

The FC Copenhagen forward Cesar Santin was running clean through on goal in his side's group match with Barcelona last October when he thought he heard the referee blow and stopped in his tracks thinking the off-side flag had been raised.

French referee Stephane Lannoy had not blown his whistle; the noise had come from Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Pinto.

The Portuguese keeper claimed to have been whistling instructions to his defenders, but Uefa saw it differently and charged him with improper conduct -- deliberately trying to con the opposing striker -- and banned him for two games.

The decision by Van Persie (left) to shoot earned him his second yellow and little sympathy in Spain, even from the Madrid press.

Marca's headline read: "If you don't shoot it's impossible to beat Barca."

Spain's other pro Real Madrid daily, Diario AS, also skipped the opportunity to side with the Gunners, saying: "Van Persie only had one shot and it got him sent off."

Irish Independent

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