La Liga Referee Won't Referee Next Two Games After Putting His Hands On Alvaro Morata

La Liga official Javier Alberola Rojas will sit out the next two league fixtures following an incident with Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata at the weekend.

Late on in the 1-0 win over Eibar on Saturday, Morata lost his head completely after the referee appeared to clip him around the back of his neck.

The Spaniard reacted badly straight away and continued to be rattled at the final whistle, with his teammates having to calm him down and stop him from approaching the man in the middle again.

And as a result of his actions, the 27-year old match official will not take charge of any games for the next two matchdays.

MARCA was already slated to get a rest for gameweek 34 but will now sit out gameweek 35 as well - not even being assigned a role working within the VAR control such is how surplus to requirements he is.

Morata's manager Diego Simeone pointed out that he got a four-game ban for essentially doing the same thing, while his Atleti teammate spoke about the incident after the game.

"He felt a clip around the back of the neck and he got annoyed. He's only human," said Koke.

"I have never seen a referee do that I don't know what will happen."

As daft as it is, it is not the craziest situation between a player and referee because a man called Tony Chapron exists.

In February 2018, he became a viral sensation following his antics, which included him kicking out, showing a second yellow and sending off Diego Carlos in the game against PSG.

The red card was subsequently rescinded but Chapron was not let off the hook for his conduct as he received a six-month ban, half of which was suspended.

He would then retire and move into punditry, though incredibly he ended up winning the voting for the Ligue One referee of the year award.

The union made the decision to not present him with the prize and cancelled it.

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