Rafa Benitez gets away with referee glasses gag after using Neil Warnock as his defence
This photo of Crystal Palace boss saves Rafa
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez escaped an FA disciplinary hearing with just a warning about his future conduct after successfully presenting a picture of Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock as his defence.
Benitez looked to be in hot water for reaching into his pocket and pulling out his glasses after being asked about referee Phil Dowd’s performance at a press conference following the Reds’ defeat to Tottenham in August.
But he successfully argued that Warnock had made a similar glasses gesture towards referee Rob Shoebridge for failing to spot Freddie Sears’ perfectly good goal against Bristol City on the same weekend and had not been charged.
The FA panel agreed. The tribunal summary said: “There is also the unexplained failure of the FA to charge another manager who made a gesture of a similar type which was objectively more serious.”
They also said the incident was intended to be humorous and had no malicious intent.