Referee after rock, paper, scissors blunder


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In Summary

  • Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday
  • The incident took place ahead of Manchester City’s home game with Reading on Oct. 26 and involved their England skipper Steph Houghton and visiting captain Kirsty Pearce

Referee David McNamara has been handed a three-week ban by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match after forgetting his coin, British media reported on Tuesday.

The incident took place ahead of Manchester City’s home game with Reading on October 26 and involved their England skipper Steph Houghton and visiting captain Kirsty Pearce.

A coin toss to decide who kicks off is a requirement under the Laws of the Game but referee McNamara left his coin in the dressing room and allowed the captains to play rock, paper, scissors to determine kick off and playing ends, the BBC reported.

“The FA can confirm that referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days, starting from Monday 26 November, after accepting a charge of ‘not acting in the best interests of the game’, a FA spokesman was quoted as saying.

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