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Real Betis fury at derby shirt decision

Lance Knight2010-05-08 05:45:07 +0000 #1
MADRID, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Real Betis are livid after Sunday's city derby against Sevilla was delayed for 45 minutes because the referee decided they had to change their traditional green-and-white striped shirts to play the match.

Referee Fernando Teixeira Vitienes ordered the visiting team to change their shirts, saying they clashed with Sevilla's all-white strip even though the two sides have always played each other in these colours.

'It was an absurd decision,' said Betis coach Llorenc Serra Ferrer. 'In our 98-year history we have always worn our green-and-white shirts and this decision was a mere whim of the referee.'

The kickoff at Sevilla's Sanchez Pizjuan stadium was delayed for 45 minutes while officials from Betis crossed the city to collect their alternative all-green kit.

Sevilla won the game 2-1, but Betis claimed that the delay had torpedoed their chances of winning what is traditionally one of the most fiercely contested fixtures in Spanish football.

'Our players warmed up for the game and were not told when the game would start, but our opponents appeared to have that knowledge as they later appeared on the pitch at the same time as the referee,' said a statement on the Betis website.

Betis also said they were abused by Sevilla players and directors after the match.

'It was disgraceful and we have no doubt that the behaviour was premeditated ... situations like those we experienced yesterday are those that really generate violence.'


Leon of Silvren2010-05-08 05:58:46 +0000 #2
You bet they're furious, and they are right to, the decision of that referee was senceless, they've always play with that jersey, and now all of a sudden he forbids it.....pretty dumb.

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