Absolutely ludicrous! No matter if the referee might be technically right under whatever law of the game, whatever happened to good old common sense. But i'm sure he pleased the assessor in the stand ,who would have marked him by the rulebook.
When referees do things like this any 'Respect' campaigns are doomed to failure, as 'respect' has to be eanred, it's not yours by right.
I don't agree with that - the whole point of Respect, in my view, is that people manage to retain their dignity and not shout and bitch at people when they make a wrong decision. We had a semi-final the other day where a guy was barred from playing for wearing a signet ring which he'd taped up. He's played for 30 years without anyone having a problem with it. The side had no subs so they played with 10, and lost 1-4. Now, putting aside arguments about whether or not the ref should've let him play, it is understandably frustrating for the team concerned but they played the game and wrote a letter describing the situation to the cup committee. Apparently the ref even congratulated them on their attitude and for just accepting his decision.
That is what Respect is all about.
I think refereeing decisions are a whole different ball game.