Portuguese and Dutch break record of shame
Portugal and the Netherlands broke an unwanted World Cup record with 4 red cards and 16 yellow cards issued by the referee.india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 03:17 IST
Portugal and the Netherlands broke an unwanted World Cup record on Sunday with the number of cards issued by the referee.
Russian referee Valentin Ivanov sent four players off - Deco and Costinha for Portugal, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Khalid Boulahrouz for the Dutch - for two bookable offences while eight others were booked.
Portuguese captain Luis Figo could also face suspension along with Deco and Costinha for the quarter-final clash with England as he was booked for headbutting Mark van Bommel - though the victim overreacted.
For the record, Portugal won the match 1-0, and the scorer Maniche blamed the referee for the number of cards wielded.
"The referee did not contribute to the spectacle. I don't think that it was such a violent match to merit so many sendings off," said Maniche, who also scored a superb goal when Portugal ousted the Dutch in the Euro 2004 semi-finals.