Stoke City boss Tony Pulis had to have a word with an overzealous ref during victory at Orlando City.
Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan was booked for barging over Rodrigo Lopez, then went nose-to-nose with fellow Irishman James O’Connor as tempers flared.
Ropey ref Marcos Deoliveira over-reacted by brandishing yellow, then to Whelan’s disgust, a second yellow followed.
A blast from Pulis and the intervention of Orlando boss Adrian Heath soon persuaded Deoliveira to lighten up in what was supposedly a friendly.
Pulis said: “Who wants to be a referee? You have managers shouting at you, players shouting at you and supporters shouting at you.
“But hopefully nothing will come of Glenn’s red card. It’s a friendly and I’d be disappointed if any further action was taken.
“I just told him to think of the supporters who had come out to see a decent game.
“What kind of contest were they going to see if we had gone down to nine, then eight men.”