â†µKovac responded just as a midfielder would: by delicately slide-tackling the man. The soccer referee responded just as half of all soccer referees do: reacting to the slightest physical contact with a hasty, ill-considered yellow card given for no reason at all. The unique thing, of course, is that Kovac got the card despite tripping someone who wasn't even in the game. â†µ
â†µThere's much debate in international policy circles about whether Russia really is or isn't a democracy. Our two cents? If you can't slide tackle a fan running onto the field, your country is not truly free. One positive thing to mention is that the referee at least appeared to be sober, a vast improvement over some Russian Metropolitan Area referees we know and love.â†µ
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