I'm putting this here because a) I'm a little late to it, b) it's slightly off-topic and c) if I were to do a proper article on this, I fear it may end up slightly more unprofessional than my standard fare. Inconceivable, I know, but check it out.
So after the 3-3 and the offside goal in the 98th minute, Mr. Nice Guy And Wholesome Teflon Don Martinez lost his [shoe] and went off on a tirade. A selection of words he used to describe either the referee or the "level of refereeing" included horrific, diabolical, shocking, hurtful, incredible. "All you want is the referee to do his job," clearly insinuating that he didn't.
Martinez's punishment for these comments, which are clearly attacking the referee: nothing.
That's right, nothing.
Not a thing.
...the FA has decided there is no case to answer because Martinez did not question referee Mike Jones' integrity and was not personal in his criticism. Managers are allowed to express their opinion on decisions and performances by officials.
(It's not the first time the Teflon Don escapes punishment of course. Having just finished 2.5 seasons under Mourinho, I find all this absolutely flabbergasting.)
MEANWHILE, SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND:
Potential issue here at Bognor with part of the pitch frozen. 6 cars are currently trying to thaw out the surface. pic.twitter.com/umOB574pVe— Altrincham FC (@altrinchamfc) January 19, 2016
12 IN A ROW!
FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
19.30: Copa del Rey, quarterfinal, first leg: Celta de Vigo vs. Atlético Madrid
19.45: Coppa Italia, quarterfinal: Lazio vs. Juventus
19.45: FA Cup, 3rd round replay: Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur
20.00: FA Cup, 3rd round replay: Liverpool vs. Exeter City
20.00: Copa del Rey, quarterfinal, first leg: Athletic Bilbao vs. Barcelona
20.00: Coupe de France, R. of 32: Olympique Marseille vs. Montpellier
23.45: Florida Cup: Corinthians vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
23.45: Florida Cup: Fluminense vs. Internacional