Dodgy ref puts muscles to the test
Controversy stalks referee Stuart Attwell like Leicester City manager Sven Goran Eriksson stalks former England players. So when blizzard conditions descended on the UK, there was only going to be one match official at the centre of the most farcical scenes of the day.
Eriksson’s Foxes took on Roy Keane’s Ipswich at Portman Road. Once a penis had been correctly marked out on the pitch, Attwell decided the match could go ahead. This was despite the fact the pitch was covered in snow and there was still heavy snowfall.
Attwell then resorted to the Changing Room Hokey Cokey approach by bringing the player in, out and indeed shaking them all about. Firstly, half-time was extended to 25 minutes while the pitch cleared.
The teams had barely warmed up again for the second half before Attwell sent them off for another 10 minutes in the changing rooms.
Realising the situation was getting out-of-hand, Attwell had a conference with Keane at which it was mutually agreed that Attwell’s head would be ripped off if the game was abandoned with the Tractor Boys leading 3-0.
The match was allowed to reach its snowy conclusion and Ipswich got their win.