Mexican referee Fernando Hernandez has been hit with a 12-match suspension after kneeing a player in the groin during a Saturday soccer match between Club León and the Mexico City-based Club América.
Romero was also handed a two-match ban for his reaction to Hernandez.
“To the fans and public in general, I offer an apology, as well as to Romero, for my reaction,” said Hernandez. “I would never attack him or any other player. I am aware of this and I will abide by the decision of the Disciplinary Commission.”
Mexican referee Fernando Hernandez has been banned for 12 games after kneeing Leon’s Lucas Romero in the groin.
Hernandez reacted after Romero demanded a VAR review following America’s equaliser in a 2-2 draw. pic.twitter.com/rPaOntUg5K
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) April 5, 2023
LIGA MX REF KNEES PLAYER’S GROIN 🇲🇽🤕
Leon’s Lucas Romero receives a different sort of discipline from referee Fernando Hernández, who gives midfielder a quick knee to the nethers while also issuing a yellow card. Liga MX Mike Dean.pic.twitter.com/IEcCPeDwBS
— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) April 2, 2023
Wow … some of the craziest stuff happens in soccer, and here we go again.
Just imagine the firestorm in the American media if a referee in the NFL or NBA did something like this, or an umpire in MLB. Oh my God, it would be absolutely out of this world. (RELATED: Luka Dončić Implies He’s Too Tired To Play Defense)
But in soccer … this stuff is completely normal. I love it!