Ages ago, I was assigned officiate a men’s amateur cup match between two teams who had played one another in a league match the Sunday before.
As that league game had just concluded, two players got into a fistfight. They were eventually separated, but the referee did not send off the players for violent conduct. Not surprisingly, that ref did not have a long career.
So, I was in the unenviable position of refereeing those same two teams and same two players, who would have been suspended if they had received a red card, the following Sunday.
At the start of the match, one of the captains disagreed with one of my decisions so he cursed at me and I sent him off for abusive language. The
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