The referee was quick to reach for his red card when Norwegian player Simen Juklerød slurred a homophobic term, calling someone ‘gay’ and being sent off amidst strange circumstances.
The Bærum player has conceded that the ref was right to send him off for his comments and has apologized for his appalling behavior. The match in question, between Sandnes Ulf and Bærum, made national headlines as Juklerød received a straight red card for his comment.
Red card first time
The head of Norwegian referees have said that if they hear any homophobic language in a football game then it is a straight red card offence.
Juklerød, the offending player, has since agreed with the authorities and accepted that he deserved to be given his marching orders after momentarily losing control of his temper.
The referee, Anders Gjemhus, would not confirm the exact words that the player used, but had confirmed that the Bærum player was sent off for using insulting and/or abusive language.
Terje Hauge, who is the head of Norwegian football referees, said today that the referees of Norway have agreed that calling a player ‘gay’ is an offensive term and will automatically be considered as a red card offence.
Former World Cup and Champions League referee Hauge, said: “We don't have a specific list of what words should be a red card and what words should be a yellow card, but specifically this thing of using “gay” as an insult is something we've discussed and we've agreed that if we hear it, if it's our interpretation that it's insulting or offensive, then it's a red card."
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