By Chris Wright
In which, during an Argentinian amateur game between San Lorenzo and Libertad de Charata on a delightfully sparse pitch lovingly referred to as ‘The Quarry’ by locals, an overhanging tree interferes with play by not letting a ricocheted shot go out of play.
Assuming the ball had cannoned off the crossbar and out of play, San Lorenzo defender Marcelo Escobar picks up the ball and places it on the apex of the six-yard box for a goalkick. However, the referee, being a studious fellow, recognises a blatant handball when he sees one and the rest, as they say, is a complete farce…
Ah! Nothing like a bit of Dire Straits to grease the wheels. Anyway, San Lorenzo went on to lose 5-2. High time to dip into the club coffers and splash out on hiring a chainsaw for the day.