At least now we know what those extra officials in Europa League matches are there for - target practice.
Last night at the Estadio da Luz, firecrackers were thrown on to the pitch by the home fans on several occasions during Benfica's 2-1 win over Liverpool. One exploded close to a referee's assistant on the byline (fourth/fifth/sixth official?) and left a small crater.
Referee Jonas Eriksson threatened at one point to abandon the match. Rafael Benitez may have wished he did.
Ryan Babel's foolish decision to raise his hand to defender Luisao right in front of the Swedish referee saw LiverpoolRead More »from Babel and Reds see red