Ex-Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles given 11-game ban for spitting at referee
If Raul Meireles does something wrong, then he does it in style, ok?
The Portugal midfielder, who now plays for Fenerbache after leaving Chelsea was sent off for his side in their big derby game against Galatasaray at the weekend, a match which Fenerbache lost 2-1.
Not happy with his dismissal for a second yellow card, the midfielder spat in the direction of the official, who also accused Meireles of a more unsavoury crime, namely homophobic behaviour towards the referee in the form of gestures.
Rolling out the old “some of my best friends are…” line, the ex-Chelsea man is clearly not too happy:
I’m really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight-year-old child, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a referee? This could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child.
I have many gay friends who I deeply respect. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans. That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I’m not a prejudicial person, my hand gesture was in no way, shape or form a homophobic one.
I don’t know what the hand gesture for calling somebody gay is in Turkey but what I did was entirely based around the referee being a coward and bowing to the pressure. The referee’s accusations are outrageous and defamatory. I will be taking legal action against him to prove my innocence.
Didn’t really help, as he was banned for eleven games, taking him up until the end of February. Time to put your feet up and think about what you have done.