Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ref Justice

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Ref Justice

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A REF who used a game of rock, paper, scissors to decide the kick-off of a Manchester City Women's Super League match has been suspended.

David McNamara left his coin in the dressing room before City's home game against Reading on October 26.

So he got the two captains - City's Steph Houghton and Reading's Kirsty Pierce - to play a round of the popular kids' game.

The incident left the 1,015 in attendance at the City's Academy Stadium baffled.

The Football Association has now suspended McNamara, who last weekend was fourth official at the FA Cup first round clash between Chorley and Doncaster Rovers, for three weeks.

He has the right to appeal the decision. The FA said McNamara 'accepted a charge of 'not acting in the best interests of the game.' .

A coin-toss to decide kick-offs was a requirement under the laws of the game. …

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