Pepe's red card was more or less the deciding factor in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League semifinal win over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. It was a rather dubious sending off by Wolfgang Stark, who had to that point been more or less flawless in his officiating of a rather ill-tempered match. Here's the video of the affair:
What think you? While it was clearly a foul and almost certainly a booking, it seems to me that Dani Alves and his teammates really made the most of things here. I just can't see that as a red card, and despite Aleves going off the pitch on a stretcher it was pretty clear that he wasn't badly hurt. Madrid and manager Jose Mourinho were incredibly frustrated by the decision, which came when the match was still 0-0, and voicing his disquiet got The Spoecial One sent to the stands - and he was more than happy to continue his rant after the match.
What think you of Stark's call?