[EPL REF WATCH]
Seeing as it is virtually impossible to accidentally tug an opponent's shirt, one would think it perfectly justifiable for referees to punish severely this
insidious habit, yet a couple of English Premier League coaches have slammed a ref for calling the obvious infraction.
In last Saturday's 2-2 West Brom-Blackburn tie, rival coaches
and Paul Ince
disagreed with referee Mike Jones
' penalty-kick call on Ryan Donk
for yanking on Jason
' jersey. They claim that since he wasn't near the goal, the ref should have ignored it (and the rulebook).
"It bewildered me," said West Brom boss Mowbray, who claimed
that if referees blew for every tugged shirt teams would wind up seven vs. seven on the field.
Actually, if refs cracked down on shirt-tugging, players might actually stop the
Ince, on the other hand, went with the "everybody does it" argument.
"You see [pulling shirts] in Italian soccer all the time," said former Inter Milan
midfielder. "Nine times out of 10 people just let it go so it was a bit harsh on West Brom to be fair."
Mr. Macho was also upset after Benni McCarthy was ejected for two yellow cards:
"Red cards for malicious tackles, studs up, dangerous ones, fair enough. But it's not a game for women."