Martín Galmarini sent off and goal disallowed for an imaginary handball

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After a weekend of controversial refereeing decisions in round six of the 2011 Clausura Gimnasia y Esgrima played Tigre in the early Monday evening kick-off. The first half of this relegation six pointer finished one apiece after a well taken goal from Diego Morales for the visitors and an equally good equaliser for Gimnasia from Juan Neira.

Referee Germán Delfino seemed to be strongly favouring the home side, especcially after ignoring their penalty appeals for a blatant shirt pull and shove on Denis Straqualursi. In the 57th minute Delfino really made his mark on the game, deciding to send off Tigre's Martín Galmarini and cancel the goal he had just scored for an imaginary handball offence, the replay shows that Galmarini's hand was up but nowhere near the ball. Note the disingenuous nature of the Gimnasia defender Aguero appealing for handball when he knew that he himself headed the ball towards his own goal.

What made it even worse is that the ten men of Tigre conceded another goal and lost the game 2-1.

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  1. He did do a handball
    It is clear

  2. I think you mean that he touched it as the ball was falling, that is debatable.

    The referee sent him off thinking that the header from Aguero was a handball. AFA, who are notoriously averse to video technology rescinded the card and suspended the referee after reviewing the video evidence.

    Unfortunately for relegation threatened Tigre none of this means that they will get any points back from the game.

  3. If you jump for the ball waving your arms like that then you are looking for trouble.

  4. Anonymous @ 13.49

    If the referee sent players off for "attempted handball" every time they raised their arms as they jump, nearly every single game would have to be abandoned within the half hour due to lack of players.

    Thankfully your "attempted handball" rule doesn't exist and it is up to the referee to actually see the officials to actually see a handball before they punish anyone. That is why the referee has been suspended & the player has had his punishment rescinded.