Wolfgang Stark Lays Down the Law with Porto
It’s not often that we get to hear what the referees say to the players before a match. So, I was pretty fascinated to hear Wolfgang Stark’s speech to the Porto and Sevilla captains while watching Fox’s live stream.
First of all, Wolfgang Stark has been there, done that, has the t-shirt. He is not there to babysit.
Here’s exactly what he said:
“Okay, before we start… You know, respect?
(Points to the RESPECT emblem on his sleeve.)
I do my job. You have to do your job.
One of your team comes to me, there’s no respect?
Apparently, Porto Captain Eliaquim Mangala forgot to pass that along to his teammates.
Late in the game, Fernando picked up a yellow card, and reacted angrily right in the German’s face. Stark apparently decided there was no respect, and he did say:
No respect = Clear yellow
Fernando was sent off with a second yellow, somewhat flabbergasted. The Porto players claimed that Stark made a mistake and Fernando hadn’t been booked. But on the replay it’s clear he books him and then Fernando goes one step too far. Stark doesn’t hesitate to show the second yellow.
This is one of those times where – if you hadn’t heard what Stark said beforehand – you might be confused or think Stark was power-mad or something.
But Stark could not have been more clear. He told them exactly how he was going to run things, and it was up to the captains to make sure their teams listened.