"Scissors, stone, paper" instead of coin toss: English football referee David McNamara has been suspended for forgetfulness for three weeks.
In the first-leg match between the Manchester City women's team and FC Reading (1-1) on 26 October, the referee had left his coin in the cabin and decided without further ado to appeal by the popular children's game.
However, this improvisation had consequences. The English Football Association said McNamara had "accepted not to act in the best sense of the game". A spokeswoman for the association spoke of "a moment of madness". Women referee manager Joanna Stimpson ruled in the Daily Telegraph: "He should have been better prepared. That was not appropriate, it was very unprofessional. "
An apology, however, there was for the referee: McNamara have been under time pressure, since the game was televised.