Terje Hauge used to be a good referee but this time he let his assistants make the tough decisions and they were wrong too often. I still don't really understand this system: the two extra assistants are real referees, but lesser Gods than the main one, so why would a central referee let them overrule him?
The first one: I don't think so. Maybe Wisgerhof pushed Crouch but probably Crouch held on to Wisgerhof, fell and pulled the Twente player over him. Hauge was late with the call, waiting to hear from an assistant.
The second one, yes, maybe.
The third one, nah, maybe. Hauge didn't think so either but after a few seconds he again heard an assistant (the one on the touch line) saying it was a hands ball. Can't Hauge decide for himself? Old hand Hauge? Is this the future of refereeing: all these assistants making a name for themselves?
Van de Vaart missed the penalty but the Twente goalie was already two metres into the field before Van der Vaart touched the ball. It wasn't just a step, something you could ignore, you can't expect a goalie to stand perfectly still, but these were a few steps. This time all the assistants were quiet.
The Huddlestone slap and elbow
And then they saw all those penalties but missed the Huddlestone slap and elbow (sounds like a traditional dance from the Northern counties).
The second yellow for Van de Vaart was right, the best Spurs payer was asking for it.
Not a bad match at all. Play was pretty fair and two teams going for it.