Update: “Fenerbahce’s Portuguese star Raul Meireles had his 11-match ban for spitting and allegedly making an offensive gesture at a referee reduced to four after a Turkish Football Federation appeal commission ruling.” From the Turkish federation: “As the player carried on talking throughout the entire incident, it would not have been physically possible for him to have spat.”
On Sunday I highlighted Andy Brassell’s piece on the controversy surrounding Raul Meireles’ red card during the Istanbul Derby.
The former Chelsea player accused referee Halis Ozkahya of inventing the accusations — mainly that the midfielder spat on Ozkahya. “It’s unbelievable, a suspension of so many games, and based on the referee’s lies,” Meireles told Lusa, Portugal’s main news agency. “I had access (to the report) and I was reading that he said I spat in his face. It’s a total lie. It also says that I made a gesture to him that meant he was gay.”
The video above documents the incident. Meireles was lucky to escape with just an 11 game ban.
Video via 101greatgoals