Catalan referees file to sanction Real's Schuster for comments

7th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 November 2007, Madrid - In a pastime thrust under the microscope as frequently and intensely as soccer in Spain, many coaches have learned - often the hard way - to watch their mouths when before a microphone. Some - such as national team coach Luis Aragonés after Spain's poor performance against Latvia in their Euro 2008 qualifier - opt to say absolutely nothing at all in moments of high tension.

7 November 2007

Madrid - In a pastime thrust under the microscope as frequently and intensely as soccer in Spain, many coaches have learned - often the hard way - to watch their mouths when before a microphone. Some - such as national team coach Luis Aragonés after Spain's poor performance against Latvia in their Euro 2008 qualifier - opt to say absolutely nothing at all in moments of high tension.

Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster, it would appear, has yet to learn this lesson, after implying that Real's 2-0 loss at Sevilla last week was caused by prejudiced refereeing.

Schuster's "He's Catalán, right? I don't need to say any more" comment sparked outrage within the Catalan Committee of Referees (CCF), who on Tuesday petitioned sport's Anti-Violence Commission to study Schuster's comments and consider a possible sanction.

CCF President César Ochoa Díez explained that if, after his outburst, Schuster had appeared "repentant," or if he had "rectified his comments," the committee would have been willing to drop the complaint.

Instead, they were faced with an indignant Schuster anything but apologetic at a press conference Tuesday: "What they are starting is not my problem [...] I never said the loss was their fault. Their imagination is one thing, and what I said another."

At press time last night Real Madrid was playing Olympiakos, while Valencia was battling Rosenborg in their Champions League games. Tonight at 8.45pm Barcelona plays Glasgow Rangers (Canal+) and Sevilla visits Steaua Bucharest (Canal+ 2).

[Copyright EL PAÍS, SL./ KELLY RAMUNDO 2007]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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