Barcelona’s Pinto gets 2-game ban for fake whistle
Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Pinto has been suspended for two
Champions League matches after faking the referee’s whistle to fool
an opponent into thinking he was offside.
UEFA says Pinto was guilty of ”gross unsporting conduct” in an
Oct. 20 match against FC Copenhagen at Camp Nou.
Pinto is banned for the return match in Denmark next Tuesday and
an away match against Greek club Panathinaikos on Nov. 24.
The 34-year-old ‘keeper whistled, causing Copenhagen forward
Cesar Santin to stop as he ran through on goal in the 26th minute
when Barcelona led 1-0. The Spanish champion eventually won
Copenhagen complained to UEFA that Pinto’s action violated ”all
principles of fair play and respect for the game.”