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The Blue Nile – Saturday Night

Thank you to Edith in Rotterdam who sent the link for this. We haven’t had a Blue Nile track on the blog for a while. This is from an outdoor festival in Ireland 2006. Whilst I’m mentioning friends on mainland Europe, A quick hello too to Iain in Denmark who emailed me to say he looks in on the blog on a regular basis.

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I didn’t do my normal ref comment on my match report on Saturday. This was partly because the ref’s performance played no part in the final outcome. I thought he perhaps let too much go unchecked but to be honest that is usually preferable than a plethora of cards. One decisive moment was in the 54th minute when Berwick midfielder Gary Greenhill was sent off for a dreadful tackle on Sons Gordon Lennon. Apparently then Greenhill ‘assaulted’ the ref and the police contacted him (Greenhill) after the game. The following is from the Sunday Mail.

A FOOTBALL star is being investigated by police after he pushed a referee who sent him off yesterday.
Berwick Rangers midfielder Gary Greenhill, 23, was reported for the attack on Colin Brown during his side’s 5-2 defeat at Dumbarton.Last night Greenhill claimed he “just touched” the official during the Third Division clash.He added: “I haven’t got a criminal record and now I could get one for touching a referee.”People go out on a Saturday night and smash people’s faces in and don’t get criminal records. It is an absolute joke.”
Greenhill, of Buckhaven, Fife, was sent off in the 54th minute for a tackle.He was phoned by police after the game and told to go to a police station today. The former Dunfermline player said: “I touched him ever so slightly. It wasn’t even a push.”

Kirkcaldy-based Brown, 34, is a solicitor. He was unavailable for comment.

I have to take the player’s side here. Whilst I was at the opposite side of the park, I didn’t see any assault or contact with ‘Kirkcaldy based Mr. Brown’ (crikey! there’s two of them!) certainly nothing which warranted calling in the police. Surely a mention of any incident in his match report would have sufficed. Or have refs become whining nancy boys?

Footnote: Thank you once again to the Berwick blogger at The Ducket for his excellent photos.

Edited to include this Daily Record photo of the alleged ‘assault’. Those of a nervous disposition should look away now.