he legendary referee of the Chelsea-Barcelona game in 2009), Tom Henning Ovrebo, (Oslo, Norway, 1966) is now 51 years old and lives peacefully in the Norwegian capital. He went down as one of the most controversial referee in the history of UEFA.
MARCA caught up with the official for an exclusive interview.
First of all. What does Mr Ovrebo do now?
“I don’t referee anymore, although when my colleagues need some advice, especially from the mental point of view, I try to help them. But I don’t participate on a daily basis.”
Why? Elite referees often get involved after their retirement.
“I’m fine as it is. I’ve been working for many years at weekends, refereeing everywhere. And now I want to have more free time. That’s it.”
Let’s cut to the chase: May 6, 2009. Are you proud of your performance that night?
“No, not at all. It was not my best day, really. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee … and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you’re not at the level you should be. But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.”
Did you watch the whole game sometime after that night?
“I always saw the plays repeated a couple of times and learned from possible mistakes. But that game was many years ago and I don’t have to improve anything, since I no longer referee. I only remember that day again when journalists like you remind me so much later. I don’t mind talking about it because it’s part of my career.”
Chelsea claimed at least four clear penalties. What do you think was your most serious mistake?
“There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But, I insist, the players and the coaches also fail, and nothing happens. I am proud of having had a long career and having been in the European elite for a while, and among the best in my country at least. That’s why you can’t remember me or my career just for that game, although some people, like you, do so… unfortunately.”
It was a Champions League semifinal…
“Yes, it is clear that it was the return of the semis and everyone was aware of that shock. Only from that point of view is it understandable that many remember me for that day at Stamford Bridge.”
Remember the two handballs of Pique and Eto’o
“Of course, and yes, they were handball situations. I judged them on the pitch and I think it is not interesting to know what I think of those actions once judged, although I understand that people think differently to the decisions I made at the time. That discussion will continue eternally.”
Ballack protested to you angrily. Why did you not send him off?
“After the game it is easy to say: ‘Why was this done and not the other?’ For me the important thing was to learn from my mistakes. I made that decision not to send him off and that’s it. And it’s difficult to explain why some decisions are made on the pitch and not others. It may be due to pressure… or in that event it could be because Ballack protested from behind and I didn’t see it. There can be many reasons in each decision.”
Did you feel pressure? Eto’o’s handball was right at the end.
“No, I was used to the pressure. You simply see the plays differently. That’s it.”
OAP Toolz Recounts How Almost Everyone In Her Home Tested Positive For COVID-19
Media personality, Tolu Demuren alias Toolz, has narrated how she and the members of her household tested positive for the novel Coronavirus.
The on-air personality, in a string of tweets, mentioned that she was mainly concerned about her two children but fortunately, they did not contract the virus. Toolz also revealed that they have all fully recovered in her home.
In her words;
“Feeling super thankful to God today! This time last month, we were going through a very scary period! Almost everyone in our house (including myself) tested positive for Covid-19.
I was just about to return to work after my maternity, and it all started with Captain complaining of ‘malaria-like’ symptoms. He had them for a few days, and didn’t seem to get any better…so we ended up taking him to hospital.
He had taken a Covid-19 test a few days before which was negative, so I thought it was a bad case of malaria. He was admitted with malaria and a bacterial infection we were told. After being given intravenous antibiotics and other meds he still wasn’t getting better.
I decided to move him to a different hospital, and they tested again, and he ‘blew up’ the test according to the doctor. My body went cold, and my first thought was ‘OMG the babies!!’. Then a short while later, I thought about myself. I did a rapid test, and it was positive.
Neither of us initially had the common symptoms- no coughing, no breathing issues…although I later lost my smell and taste. Captain was in hospital for a week and this was around the time of the Lekki shooting, so I was doubly terrified.
My main fear was the babies…especially our youngest son as he was just about 3 months old. We didn’t test them, but I was certain they had Covid too as we literally kiss and cuddle our boys every day. The doctor assured us that they wouldn’t be affected.
Thank God the doctor was right, other than a sneeze here & there, our babies were perfectly fine. I was generally ok too, just scared. Once you get that positive result, you get all these random symptoms you didn’t have before. My back would hurt…I’d be like hmmm corona oo
The weirdest thing was the taste and smell thing. Everything Captain had tasted bad, he’s a foodie so that was strange. One of my super powers is my sense of smell…and it just gradually faded. I actually put a bottle of bleach under my nose one day and…nothing.
I kept waiting to fall ill, and it didn’t happen. I started thinking I had indaboski blood, but then I had 2 days where I felt like I had the worst hangover in the world, then there was some fatigue, but I was generally ok.
Captain on the other hand felt super rundown, couldn’t keep food down, had cramping all over and a bunch of other symptoms. After a week, he came back home, and we finished our isolation period together.
After 2 weeks we all retested and were all thankfully Negative. Thanks to Almighty God for seeing us through, a big thank you to the doctors that looked after us… especially Dr Majekodunmi of Eurocare for the constant reassurance, and for taking my a million and one calls.
I’m super thankful I didn’t get it while I was pregnant. Imagine I travelled to have my baby, came back, did a 7 covid tests, and it was the 8th that was positive. The craziest thing was that a week before I legit told someone that there’s Covid in Lagos anymore. Silly me”, she concluded.
See the tweets below:
‘Many Christians Speak In Tongues But It’s Hard To Find Interpreters’ – Uti Nwachukwu
Popular media personality, Uti Nwachukwu, has come for Christians who speak in tongues without interpreters. The ex BBA winner took to his official Twitter account to state that he finds it weird that a lot of Christians speak in tongues without anyone to interpret the tongues, stating that it is contrary to what is in the Bible.
His tweet reads:
“I find it sooo weird that a LOT of Christians speak in tongues, But till today I have not met ONE person that can interprete the tongues. Afterall the Bible (1 Cor 12 V10) says Holy Spirit gifts some with tongues and others with interpretation? Where are the INTERPRETERS?”
See his tweet below:
‘Do Not Turn Your Mentor To Your Com wepetitor’, Helen Paul Advises
Popular Nigerian comedienne, Helen Paul, has taken to Instagram to share some words of advice. The stand-up comedienne cum TV host and actress shared a write-up on her page with a lengthy caption that states that it is only for the wise.
The post reads:
“Do not turn your mentor to your competitor, respect who saw the light before you… *Onlyforthewise*”
Part of her caption reads:
“Only the wise will understand this. E dey happen when they think they know it all… Learning for mentors too is necessary, leadership skills and training is very much needed. Understanding temperament and when to draw the line is very much needed.”
See her post below:
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