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Ref goes mad? No, but FA has.

Byline: ANDY DUNN Britain's best Sports Writer

ARE we seriously living in such a po-faced, joyless, miserable sporting world that when a referee starts a game of football with a game of rock, paper, scissors, he gets suspended for three weeks?

David McNamara (below) had forgotten to take a coin to the field ahead of the Women's Super League game between Manchester City and Reading, so came up with an improvised way of deciding who would have the choice of whether to kick off or not.

"It was a moment of madness," intoned the FA's women's refereeing manager Joanna Stimpson, who sounds a bundle of laughs. No, it wasn't.

Esteemed rugby union referee Nigel Owens has done it twice, once ahead of a game between the All Blacks and the Barbarians.

It is harmless. What does it matter? Toss of a coin, daft children's game, eeny-meeny-miny-mo, short straws, who cares? The FA, clearly. And that is why McNamara has been suspended.

Leg-breaking tacklers get less.

"Life is too short, smile and have fun," tweeted referee Owens.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2018
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