Friday evening’s games in the 2011 Torneo Clausura saw the recent brouhaha over refereeing standards in Argentina deepen. Godoy Cruz were playing away to Banfield and needed a win to keep up the pressure on league leaders Vélez Sarsfield. They drew 1-1, after having a legitimate goal disallowed, and then in the last ten minutes, a nailed-on penalty claim turned down. To compound matters, the linesman guilty of disallowing Diego Villar’s brilliant long-range screamer (it dropped over the line before bouncing back out of the goal) responded to Godoy’s protestations by telling them (roughly translated) to ‘stop talking out of your arses.’ Leandro Sigali was then shown a straight red card for his part in the protests. Godoy are now level on points with Vélez, but the Liniers side are at home to struggling Gimnasia on Sunday. The other match was less eventful; Newell’s Old Boys beat All Boys 1-0 in Rosario. The goals – and the controversy from the Banfield vs Godoy Cruz game – are right here, of course.
Newell’s Old Boys 1 – 0 All Boys
Banfield 1 – 1 Godoy Cruz
…and the controversy
Seriously. The goal is an understandable mistake for the linesman to make (albeit his reaction might’ve been a bit less twatty), but how on earth did that penalty not get awarded?!
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