Friday, July 18, 2008

Foreign Ref - wolfgang stark

Another strange thing about the Super Cup was that they chose to use a foreign referee for the match. I don't know why this was, but one of the aims of the new Premier League was to stop biased refereeing, so this may account for it.

However, there are a lot of ironies at play here:

1. Shakhtar and Dynamo seem to profit the most from biased refereeing in general.

2. They chose quite a controversial referee in the German, Wolfgang Stark, for this match.

To be fair the ref had a pretty decent game and didn't give any daft fouls or cards and allowed the game to flow despite a lot of diving in the box by both teams. May be he has calmed down a bit, as in 2004 he gave 3 red cards in a Champions League match between Celtic and Barcelona. Most controversial of all was when he officiated a game in the Under 20 World cup between Chile and Argentina in 2007. In this game he booked 7 of the Chile players and sent another 2 of them off. After the game the Chilean players had to be restrained and held by the Toronto police.

At least he had a good game when he came over here.

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