Fed-up ref wants to be sacked


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  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

MEXICO CITY: Mexico's refereeing chief Edgardo Codesal says he wants to be fired after a weekend of controversy in the Clausura championship. 

Codesal, who refereed the 1990 World Cup final in Rome when he sent off two Argentines and awarded Germany the controversial late penalty which settled the match, said he was fed up with constant criticism. 

“If the authorities can't give their backing, it's better that they bring in somebody with a magic wand or robots which don't make mistakes,” Codesal, president of the Mexican Football Federation refereeing commission, told reporters. 

“The referees get no protection against the criticism, which is made on a daily basis,” he said, adding that he would not resign of his own accord because he wanted financial compensation. 

“I've been in this salaried post for 10 years and it (an eventual sacking) would be a considerable amount of money which I'm not prepared to lose,” he said. – Reuters 

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