Spain’s World Cup referee Velasco Carballo was back in action this weekend after returning from his FIFA training, but he didn’t have the best of games after he was given responsibility for the Andalusian derby between Betis and Sevilla. First of all he turned down what seemed a good penalty appeal by Leo Baptistao, but then he awarded one at the other end for what he considered to be a foul by Juan Carlos on Bacca, even though the wing back got to the ball first. A red card for Juan Carlos left Betis with ten men, and maybe for that reason he let Rubén Castro and N’Diaye off second bookings later on. Sevilla derbies are always difficult to arbitrate, but just imagine say if Velasco is put in charge of a Brazil v Argentina next summer and makes the same mistakes. We don’t even want to think about it! (16.04.14)

Name Games played Yellow cards Red cards Total
Teixeira Vitienes, J.A. 21 155 14 169
Fernández Borbolán 23 145 9 154
Mateu Lahoz 21 132 8 140
Alvarez Izquierdo 22 122 13 135
González González 22 124 8 132
Clos Gómez 24 123 7 130
Iglesias Villanueva 20 118 8 126
Teixeira Vitienes, F. 19 112 12 124
Estrada Fernández 20 110 9 119
Muñiz Fernández 18 110 6 116