We have come across several funny referring incidents in the past. This one is certainly one of the most hilarious moments ever in football history. This weird event was formed surrounding one of the most talented as well as controversial and obstreperous footballer of all time, Paul “Gazza” Gascoigne, on 30th December, 1995. In that match, the flamboyant player was playing for Glasgow Rangers against Hibernian in front of 45000 home fans.
We have seen the referees flashing cards for various reasons. This one is arguably the strangest one to get booked.
SPL referee Dougie Smith accidentally dropped his yellow card earlier in the match which was later found by none other than Paul Gascoigne. Being the type he is, Gazza could not resist himself from poking the referee. He jokingly ‘booked’ Dougie Smith before handing the card back. The entire crowd burst into laughter witnessing the incident, although the referee took it seriously and booked Gazza for ‘booking’ him.
Gazza had previous disciplinary issues, and that yellow card resulted in a two-game suspension for him. Rangers boss Walter Smith was furious with the refereeing incident and made an appeal against that bizarre decision which proved to be unsuccessful. He lashed out at Dougie Smith stating:
“I have criticised Paul Gascoigne and he is no angel, but neither he nor Rangers are asking for anything in the way of special treatment. All we want is for him to be treated just the same as any other player.”
The match ended in a massive 7-0 victory for Rangers where Paul Gascoigne, the club’s record signing from Lazio (fee around £4.3 million, on wages of £15,000 a week) found the back of the net. Rangers went on to win the league in the 1995–96 season as they clinched the title in the decisive game against Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium where the controversial Englishman scored a hat-trick.
Take a look at that funny Paul Gascoigne incident in the video below.
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