Graham Poll's Official Line: Don't take any liberties with referee in San Siro cauldron

24 February 2009 12:18
San Siro stadium in Milan rarely sells out, but when it does there is a fantastic atmosphere which can easily affect moods and actions of players and officials.

Tonight's referee for the match between Inter Milan and Manchester United

, Luis Medina Cantalejo, is a mild mannered, unassuming man off the field but a strict disciplinarian on it and he will not be affected in the cauldron.

The players must do their best to follow his lead.

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Spaniard Cantalejo, who will be 45 this Sunday and is in his final season, will not take reputations into consideration and, given his wealth of experience in La Liga, will recognise and act strongly if his authority is brought into question.

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  His style is to give lots of free kicks to take the sting out of a match and keep tempers in check - I hope it works.

The kind of petulant kick which Cristiano Ronaldo got away with against Blackburn on Saturday, if seen by Cantalejo, will not be acceptable and will more likely be deemed a red-card offence.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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