In a most bizarre and weird incident, referee David McNamara has been handed over a three-week suspension by the English FA for asking two captains to play rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off before a Women’s Super League (WSL) match as he forgot to bring his coin, British media reported.
The weird episode happened before Manchester City’s home game with Reading, and captains who witnessed the incident were England skipper Steph Houghton and Visiting Captain Kirsty Pearce.
The FA can confirm that referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days, starting from Monday 26 November, after accepting a charge of ‘not acting in the best interests of the game’, a FA spokesman was quoted as saying.
“This follows an incident in the FA WSL match between Manchester City and Reading on Friday 26th October when he failed to determine which team would kick off the match by the toss of a coin, as required by the Laws of the game.”
This is not first of a kind incident where a referee has shocked the world by his antics as many funny incidents have happened on the ground in the past too. One such hilarious incident happened with Premier League referee Kevin Friend during West Ham and Brighton match during October this year.
During the 25th minute of the game, cameras caught the referee holding a huge rubber penis, which had been thrown in by the crowd. Though hilarious, Kevin was left red-faced as he quietly took it out of the ground.
In another incident, Schalke’s mascot showed referee Felix Zwayer his own red card after he didn’t give the side a penalty at the end of the Ruhr derby against Borussia Dortmund during Bundesliga last year in April.