It just doesn’t seem to be getting any better for referees.
Players are confusing the official with opposition players. Take this scything tackle during the match between RKC Waalwijk and NEC Nijmegen in the Dutch Eredivisie for example.
In normal circumstances, this was a red-card challenge, but instead, Waalwijk’s Jeff Stans gets a pat on the back from the man in the middle. And they say referees don’t have a sense of humor.