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Referee Gets One-Month Suspension

You get a little bit of country, a little bit of rock and On Monday, Spanish media reported that referee Pérez Burrull was handed down a one-month suspension for his performance in Sunday’s Real Madrid-Osasuna match.  His performance in the match was quite poor as he refused to call two clear penalties against Osasuna forward Juanfran.  On both ocassions the Rojillo forward was booked, the second “offense”  led to his sending off.


According to the match report, Juanfran was booked on both occasions for protesting the decision made by the referee.   This could be the big problem facing the Pamplonans when they head to the disciplinary board when they want their player’s suspension overturned.

Pérez Burrull was scheduled to referee the upcoming Copa del Rey match-up between Espanyol and Barcelona.  Since he is banned, Muñiz Fernández will be the one tapped on the shoulder by the Refeering Technical Committee (CTA) to take over  that responsibility .

Osasuna president Patxi Izco said he would take this matter to the next level as he decided to disassociate the club from the colegiados.  He plans to go to the federation level in order to get the Juanfran’s red card reversed.  Izco said he was “convinced” that Pérez Burrull “saw the two penalties” and that what he did was “immoral”.   Izco’s reaction was so great on Sunday that after the second penalty call, he got up and left the presidential balcony in utter ire.

 What do you think about Spanish refereeing?

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  1. Juan

    January 27, 2009 at 8:47 am


  2. Lockyer

    January 27, 2009 at 5:04 am

    I am a regular watcher of Spanish football although I live in England and am also in fact a season ticket holder and passionate supporter of Villarreal. The standard of the referreing when the officals are visiting the big clubs is as outrageous as it is understandable. Perez Burrull's performance in Real's match against Osasuna was certainly dreadful encapsualting all the incompetence and arrogance we have come to accept from the 'top'- and I use the word very loosely – officials in Spain. It was, however, a masterclass in the skills of refereeing compared to his performance in Real Madrid match against Getafe when he could have been mistaken either for a Madrid player of perhaps the dad of one of the Madrid players called into referee at the last minute when the proper official hadn't turned up. I watched both matches on Sky television with many of my English friends and it was frankly embarassing. But of course Mr Perez Burrull knows better than most that it isadvantageous for his career prospects to favour the big boys, take his punishment squarely on the chin when finally rumbled as being at the very best, merely incompetent and return a month later, bloodied but unbowed to ruin the game that we all love so dearly. So we know as the season draws to a close certain players will receive yellow cards to keep tham out of certain games, other will not be punished when quite clearly they should have been, so they can be available for important fixtures and the rumours of bias and preferential treatment from the officials will carry on unabated. Have we learnt nothing from the refereeing debacle that was the 2002 World Cup match against South Korea. Wake up Spanish football. Europe is laughing at our game

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