By Chris Wright
UEFA have banned Barcelona ‘keeper Jose Pinto (who appears to be sporting the ‘Bo Derek circa 1979‘ look of late) for imitating the referee’s whistle during their recent Champions League tie with Copenhagen – which apparently constitutes improper conduct these days.
Copenhagen forward Cesar Santin seemingly sprung Barca’s offside trap and was marauding toward Pinto’s goal, just as the cunning stopper hatched his evil plan.
After the game the Danish side released the following statement:
“Santin stopped during his free run on goal when he – as he explained later – had heard the referee’s whistle. The French referee had not whistled for offside, though, and so Copenhagen missed out on a clear scoring opportunity.
FC Copenhagen, via television pictures, became aware that Barcelona’s goalkeeper Jose Pinto appeared to imitate the referee’s whistle during that time and then showed his satisfaction towards Barcelona’s bench.
We have condemned the incident, which goes against every principle of fair play and respect for the game and opponent.”
Calling it a ‘clear goalscoring opportunity’ is a little strong, and secretly, I’m actually fairly impressed that Pinto somehow managed to whistle louder than a stadium full of 30,000-odd supporters.
(via Off The Post)