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Sikazwe: Why I didn't send Ramos off

Club World Cup final referee reveals why he didn’t send off Ramos

December 20, 2016 By Ali M.
Janny Sikazwe went for his pocket to send off the Spaniard, but then let him go. Now, he reveals why.

 The biggest talking point from the FIFA Club World Cup final, until Cristiano Ronaldo decided to score a hat-trick, surrounded referee Janny Sikazwe. The match official endured a regular until the final moments of the game.

The Zambian official appeared ready to send of Sergio Ramos. The Spaniard had already picked up a 55th-minute booking when he fouled a Kashima Antlers player shortly before stoppage time, committing a tactical foul to break up a counter-attack.

The referee reached for his pockets, but after several seconds, he let the Real Madrid captain walk away. The center-back completed the game and won the title, leaving many to wonder what could have happened had he received his marching orders.

Los Blancos won 4-2. Many were upset with Sikazwe’s decision, but his explanation might shed some light. The referee, speaking to FilGoal, said:

“It was a miscommunication.

“It was only for a miscommunication between my assistant and me.

“He told me of the foul and told me in the earpiece that ‘no card’ However, I understood ‘card’.”

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