Spínola under the cosh
Corinthians vice president of football, Mário Gobbi Filho, said that the club had made a verbal complaint to the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) but denied that Corinthians wanted the official to be banned from refereeing their games.
However, Corinthians apparently suggested something along the lines that Spinola should spend more time with his family because in their eyes, the official was emotionally not up to it and needed to improve the ‘technical’ side of his game.
Wednesday’s crucial fixture was in round 17 of the Campeonato Paulista. The loss means that the Parque São Jorge side are in real risk of not reaching the playoffs.
The decisions that Corinthians are up in arms about surrounded a goal ruled out because Spinola spotted Diogo Rincon pushing in the area; and Kléber Pereira’s winning goal for Santos which came after the forward had collided with Carlão.
In both cases, I think Spinola got it right. In the first incident, he was well-placed to see what was happening in the area and you can hear the whistle go before Fabinho headed the ball in for Corinthians. The second controversial moment was an accidental collision and Spinola was correct to play on.
TV Globo’s guest commentator, former referee José Roberto Wright, said that Spinola was bang on with the first decision but wrong with the second.
See what you think the incidents (sorry about the low quality of the video)
This is not the first time that Spinola has come in for some stick. Early this season, São Paulo tried to get him banned from their games.
Here the officials are an easy scapegoat for when things go wrong. Clubs in Brazil are quick to make a lot of noise about the refs because it is useful distraction to help shift the focus away from the bad result.
However, it must be said the standard of referring in Brazil has been a problem for a long time. Most officials stop the game every time someone goes to ground. The players know this and as a result, diving is rife. The huge amount of play-acting and rolling around in apparent agony also makes it difficult for the officials to make correct decisions.
Clearly, the referees and their assistants need to review videos of their games so they can pick out the serial divers and the amateur dramatics brigade. But the officials better invest in some heavy duty notepads because the list of miscreants is going to be rather long.