The job of a football referee is often a thankless one as invariably they will upset players and fans based on the decisions made during a game. Last night however in a Portuguese League Cup match between Porto and Moreirense, referee Luis Godinho made an absolute howler, with Porto’s Danilo on the receiving end of one of the worst refereeing decisions ever seen.
In a game that Porto went on to lose 1-0, Danilo had already been booked when this happened.
Posting to his personal Instagram account after the game, Danilo stated,
“I have seen and reviewed the footage more than a hundred times and honestly I can not understand the criterion of this gentleman to make such a decision. I’ve watched many episodes in football but this was undoubtedly the most shameful!”
On review of the incident it certainly does appear that the Portugal international has fallen foul to an incredibly short sighted refereeing decision.
With the referee running backwards, he clearly collides with Danilo, who himself stumbles. What gave the referee cause to brandish a second yellow card, which resulted in the 25-year-old receive his marching orders, is something that will surely be the subject of an appear from Porto.
As decisions go, this one is about as strange as they come.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena