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REF WATCH: Ten-game suspension
September 20th, 2007 7AM

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Punishing refs for wrong calls hit the news last month when English Premier League referee Rob Styles was banned for one game and relegated to the lower divisions for mistakenly calling a penalty kick against Liverpool that gave Chelsea a 1-1 tie. In Ecuador, the hammer came down even harder. Carlos Vera was handed a 10-game suspension for his performance in the Guayaquil derby between Barcelona and Emelec. Vera was suspended for arriving late for the game and for erring on what is one of soccer's most difficult calls.

Vera, responding to FIFA's directive, yellow-carded Emelec midfielder Gabriel Fernandez for diving in the penalty area. Having been cautioned earlier in the game, Fernandez was sent off.

With the luxury of video replay, the Ecuadoran federation determined that Fernandez had been fouled.



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