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There were bizarre scenes in La Liga on Sunday as the referee for Sevilla v Granada blew for full-time a minute too early – and then called the players back out from the dressing room to complete the match.
Four minutes were added onto the La Liga clash with referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea calling time on the contest in the 93rd minute.
Having realised his error, the man in the middle signalled for the players to return to the pitch from the dressing rooms to play out the final 60 seconds.
Some players even had to re-dress themselves after starting the process of getting changed, leading to strange scenes as the teams re-took to the field of play.
The score at the time of the first whistle was 2-1 to Sevilla, and after playing out the remaining minute of the matches, that’ exactly how things stayed.
La Liga fans on Twitter couldn’t believe what they were witnessing and called the incident an “embarressment” to Spanish football.
One wrote: “Ricardo de Burgoes Bengoetxea embarrasses LaLiga as he comically blows up after 3 minutes of injury time, having given 4. Granada (2-1 behind) are furious, and Sevilla players have been called back from the dressing room to play the final 60 seconds. Chaos.”
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“Never, ever seen anything like this in football,” was the view of another, who also added: “Sevilla Granada was only played out to the 93rd minute of 94 minutes. Sevilla players went to the dressing room. Referee called them back out after they had already swapped jerseys with Granada players.”
A third person added: “It’s madness in Sevilla the referee has blown the final whistle then realizes he blew too early and after most of the players have undressed he calls them back for the final minute, absolute madness.”
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