An English soccer referee is hot water over a child’s game.
David McNamara took the field before Manchester City’s home game against Reading in a Women’s Super League kickoff without a key tool for his job.
Ref improvised when he forgot his coin
When it came time to determine who kicked off in that Oct. 26 match, McNamara improvised.
Rather than fetch a coin, he instructed the two sides to engage in a game of rock, paper, scissors.
This did not please Football Association women’s refereeing manager Joanna Stimpson.
Manager: ‘Very unprofessional’
“He should have been more prepared, he should have had a coin,” Stimpson told The London Times. “It was disappointing, it’s not appropriate, it’s very unprofessional.”
The move, while a deft example of thinking on his feet, proved a costly one for McNamara. The Football Association suspended him for three weeks, a ban he will serve from Nov. 26-Dec. 16.
His official violation was “not acting in the best interests of the game.”
It seems a stiff penalty, but one that American fans of the NFL can probably appreciate in a season full of frustrations over how the game’s officiated.
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