Very often we see officials tricked by football players faking injuries, but this time the revers is the situation.
It was during a football match between Huachipato and Palestino in Chile, a challenge involving one Angelo Sagal saw the ball connect with the linesman Carlos Echeverria’s thigh.
Echeverria immediately goes down just like the case of Rivaldo in the game between Brazil and Turkey in the 2002 World Cup, even pulling up his shorts to look for a mark.
After a brief pause, Sagal is given his marching orders (Gerarahere mehn) by the referee Claudio Puga, with his Huachipato team-mates crowding the linesman in protest.
In reaction to the incident, Pablo Pozo, the chairman of the referee’s committee in Chile said that they were studying the issue and would make a decision in due course.
‘We have analyzed the whole issue, we talked to the referee, in this case Claudio Puga, and will talk to Carlos Echeverria, and we obviously will take some resolution after having all the facts .’
And while Pozo suggested that the sending-off may have been justified on the grounds of kicking the ball away, he did admit that there may have been some play-acting.
‘Obviously overreaction is not something we like, it’s not something that we agree with, and that is a good topic that we are discussing and reviewing internally ,’ he said.