In the end it looks as though Gil Manzano was not punished with a stay in the “fridge” for his performance in the quarter final cup tie between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona (see our week 21 report), and he has in fact been in charge three times over the last four weekends. This Sunday he got the mid-day game between Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano which, although the 6-1 scoreline made it easier to officiate, still produced a couple of controversial moments. For example an early penalty appeal by Luis Suárez for a foul by Abdoulaye was waved away, Messi was given a retake (for encroachment?) after his first penalty kick was saved by Cristian Alvarez, and Alberto Bueno was awarded a penalty after he fell under a challenge from Dani Alves, who was red-carded in the incident. Gil is now third in our chart, although he couldn’t catch our new leader Jaime Latre, who managed thirteen yellow cards and a red in the bad tempered game between Atlético and Valencia. (12.03.15)

Name Games played Yellow cards Red cards Total
Jaime Latre 18 135 6 141
Velasco Carballo 17 132 6 138
Gil Manzano 17 124 10 134
Alvarez Izquierdo 16 115 8 123
Teixeira Vitienes, F. 16 105 12 117
Estrada Fernández 16 103 6 109
González González 17 105 4 109
Iglesias Villanueva 15 98 6 104
Mateu Lahoz 16 97 7 104
Fernández Borbolán 17 98 6 104