The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) Competition Committee has decided to overturn the suspension of Mason Greenwood. Greenwood was previously penalised for alleged insults towards the match referee during the last round of La Liga matches.
According to the Committee’s statement, a thorough review of the game’s images led them to conclude “beyond any doubt that the action that led to the expulsion did not occur as described by the referee. These images demonstrate that the player actually said ‘One, two, three, four, bloody hell’, as precise as the club stated in its letter and as the sworn translator referenced in his expertise. Thus, it ultimately proves the manifest material mistake in the referee’s report.” The source of the quote is the official Competition Committee’s statement.
While the Committee acknowledges that Greenwood’s language was inappropriate towards the match referee, it emphasises that the crucial point is that the incident logged by the referee did not in fact take place. The Federation’s decision thus highlights the importance of accuracy in officiating in professional football.