Sparta rejects KNVB proposal: ‘terrible, absurd, unclear rule’


Sparta has rejected a settlement proposal from the KNVB and is going to contest the suspension of Mica Pinto. The 27-year-old left back got red against PEC Zwolle on Saturday because of alleged hands on the goal line: Sparta, however, believes that Pinto touched the ball on the shoulder.

The Lords of the Castle therefore found the proposed suspension of one match disproportionate. “Pinto receives a red card for a futility and a penalty and now the prosecutor of the KNVB also wants to suspend him for a match”, director Henk van Stee sums up in conversation with the Algemeen Dagblad. “Surely this is in no relation to the crime, which we didn’t even think was the case. What is this about, say?”

The Pinto case does not stand alone: ​​Nick Viergever also received a penalty during Heracles Almelo-PSV, while he says he got the ball on his shoulder. The hand rule introduced this season – if the ball ends up under the armpit, it is automatically hands – has not provided more clarity, Van Stee concludes. “It’s a terrible, absurd and unclear rule,” he says. “For that reason we are also challenging the penalty proposal.”

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