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Dutch Referee 'Banned For Life' After Celebrating Title With Winning Team

Dutch Referee 'Banned For Life' After Celebrating Title With Winning Team

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A referee in the Netherlands has been banned for life, according to local reports, after he was spotted celebrating a team's title win.

Jan Smit, an official from Opmeer in North Netherlands, took charge of the fourth division game between St. George and SV De Valken on Sunday afternoon.

Here, the 61-year-old made a number of questionable decisions. Smit handed out four red cards to SV De Valken in normal time, according to NH Nieuws.

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And after adding 15 minutes of extra time to proceedings, St. George goalkeeper Dave Laan scored the eventual winner in stoppage time, gifting them the title.

Soon, the referee raised further eyebrows when he was captured joining league champions St. George on stage, singing songs and lifting the trophy.

In fact, he performed the song 'Guardian Angel' by Marco Schuitmaker.

X user Danny Korporaal posted footage of the scenes alongside the caption:

"Referee hands out three red cards to the opponent and then shouts CHAMPIONS and stands waving the bowl at the championship party.”

SV De Valken would later file a complaint against Smit.

The Valken board does not consider it useful to discuss Sunday's match in detail and the role of the referee during and after the match in public," they wrote.

"We just have to judge whether it is normal for a referee to celebrate St. George's deserved championship in an exuberant manner after the match."

The Dutch FA have since responded by banning the referee from officiating on behalf of their organisation.

"We have received several complaints after Sunday's match," said KNVB spokesperson Daan Schippers.

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Source: BBC Sport

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