Linesman’s boss “offended” by Rafa comments

The boss of the linesman that made Liverpool so angry at the Club World Cup final has defended his compatriate’s performance, going as far as calling Liverpool’s criticism "and insult".

Liverpool’s defeat included three disallowed goals, penalty appeals turned down, time wasting left unpunished and a yellow card for what should have been a red, according to the Reds after the match. Reds manager Rafa Benitez put an official complaint in about the refereeing, and said after the match: "You wouldn’t get a Mexican referee and a Canadian linesman in the final of the World Cup."

The Canadian official who put his flag up too often for Rafa’s liking was Hector Vergara from Canada, who was assistant to Mexican referee Benito Armando Archundia.

The chief operating officer of the Canadian Soccer Association, Kevan Pipe, was fuming over what had been said, not just by Rafa Benitez but a good few Reds players too. It was Rafa’s World Cup dig that wound him up the most: "It is an insult. And in fact I was quite offended when I saw the comment. It’s a very unfortunate comment. And I don’t think in retrospect he would probably go forward and say that again. Hector has been called upon on multiple occasions to do World Cup qualifying throughout the continent."