I am Spartacus wrote:Hats off also to Pearce, Sweeney and Bishop for when Morais was given his first caution for a late challenge on Sweeney all three of them tried to talk the referee out of issuing the caution.
Was it done to ensure that they could challenge in a similar vein without fear of a caution, possibly, but that attitude and sportsman like gesture isn’t something all the ‘customers’ watching sky would not see.
Are we sure they weren't saying it should be red? Seems strange to argue against a caution for an opposing player.
Sometimes players, whom have a vested interest in what constitutes a caution by the referee in a game’ try to talk a referee out of issuing the caution. In the full knowledge that if they do something similar they will receive a caution. As we have previous history this season with our disciplinary record this season what they were attempting could be called ‘game management’. However players don’t see the persistent fouling by Morais prior to the caution and that each time he was breaking up play as we came forward.
The referee got it spot on and both cautions for Morais were deserved and helped the referee’s match control. Also what helped was that we kept possession today, kept our heads and di not need to dive in or do anything rash.
So yes, he deserved both cautions and yes the ‘Cheerio, Cheerio, Cheerio’ chants he received were deserved.