Referee's Are Now Flipping Credit Cards Instead Of Coins And The Game Is Gone
Just moments after he asked Mesut Ozil to sign his autograph on a yellow card, the referee of Arsenal's pre-season tie against Paris Saint-Germain decided to flip a credit card rather than a coin.
There was a reason behind the madness. The International Champions Cup is sponsored by Union Pay International, who opted to jump on the opportunity to show off their credit card, because y'know, coin tosses are so last season.
Commercialism in football may have just peaked here today in Singapore Arsenal vs PSG friendly with the coin toss being done with the sponsoring companies credit card instead of a coin
- ben (@__benanderson) July 28, 2018
Arsenal eventually won the tie 5-1, thanks to Mesut Ozil, Rob Holding, Eddie Nketiah and a brace from Alexandre Lacazette, but this bizarre moment before kick-off was a big talking point on social media.
This wasn't the only bizarre event to happen before today's game.
I can't believe my eyes in this Arsenal PSG game.... to decide kick off they just flipped a CREDIT CARD :joy::joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/ZtUKwPP21R
- Aarön (@AaronDickinson) July 28, 2018
"Right Mr Ozil, would you like to pick the long number across the front or CVV number on the back?"
We had a credit card toss instead of a coin toss in #Arsenal v #PSG match #modernfootball pic.twitter.com/mMkN3fZUKx
- Shamoon Hafez (@ShamoonHafez) July 28, 2018
Arsenal are playing PSG and they just used a credit card for the coin flip before kick-off.
- Luca (@FearTheKirch) July 28, 2018
In a remarkable sequence of events, the referee, of all people, looks to ask the Arsenal captain for his autograph ahead of the club's pre-season friendly against Paris Saint-Germain, this afternoon.
Have you ever seen anything like it?
Referee asking Mesut Ozil for an autograph before kick off :eyes::joy:#ICC2018 #AFC #AFCTour2018 pic.twitter.com/atR1rwxm34
- talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 28, 2018
Mesut Ozil, who opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the International Champions Cup tie, happily accepted and penned his signature on the yellow card before walking his team out at the National Stadium, Singapore.
I understand that it's not exactly the biggest of games, but still - is this really necessary?
PSG fielded an under-strength side against Arsenal, with the likes of Tim Weah starting for the Ligue 1 champions, but Arsenal struggled to make any real impact in the first half.
Mesut Ozil just singed an autograph on the referee's yellow card.:heart_eyes: pic.twitter.com/Yc9xuWah08
- Mesut Özil :goat: (@WeAreOzil) July 28, 2018
Ozil, on the other hand, has proved his doubters wrong with a goal in the opening 13 minutes.
The German midfielder announced his retirement from international football last week, citing 'racism' and 'disrespect' as the reason. He made a lengthy statement, which included:
"The treatment I have received from the DFB and many others makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten."