White Stick Awards

Rookie referee Iglesias Villanueva had to be escorted off the pitch at the end of the match between Sporting Gijón and Villarreal after awarding a last minute penalty to the visitors which led to the equaliser. The incident involved our old friend Marchena, World Cup winner and a potential gold medalist in the diving competition (?), but this time it seems he was genuinely held back by ex Villarreal midfielder Eguren, albeit that Marchena did his best to make it look worse than it was. The crowd shouldn't have been so upset though if they had thought about it rationally (which of course one doesn't), as Iglesias had given a controversial penalty to the locals when the ball hit Gonzalo on the arm, had turned down a penalty appeal for a clear trip on Nilmar by Eguren, and had sent Gonzalo off for a second bookable offence (all of which cost coach Juan Carlos Garrido a yellow card for protesting). All of that has been analyzed and reanalyzed by television commentators, experts in the press, etc., etc. Iglesias is finding out the hard way that life in the top flight isn't going to be easy! (03.11.10)

Name Games played Yellow cards Red cards Total
Muñiz Fernández 8 50 5 55
Clos Gómez 6 39 5 44
Ramírez Domínguez 6 40 4 44
Iglesias Villanueva 6 41 3 44
Alvarez Izquierdo 6 37 3 40
Delgado Ferreiro 6 36 2 38
Velasco Carballo 6 37 1 38
Estrada Fernández 5 33 3 36
González González 6 33 2 35
Undiano Mallenco 5 33 0 33