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Football ref suspended for ''rock, paper, scissors'' start to women's match

A referee has been suspended for three weeks for deciding who kicked off a Women's Super League match with a game of rock, paper, scissors - instead of tossing a coin.

David McNamara had left his usual coin in the dressing room by mistake before Manchester City's home game against Reading on October 26, so he decided to improvise. The rules of football insist on a coin-toss to decide who kicks off.

Manchester City skipper Steph Houghton Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton and Reading captain Kirsty Pearce went along with the unusual request, before the teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

McNamara's ban will last from Monday, 26 November to Sunday, 16 December.

The ref found himself between a rock and a hard place Credit: ITV Granada

An FA spokesperson said: "The FA can confirm that referee David McNamara has been suspended for 21 days, starting from Monday 26 November, after accepting a charge of 'not acting in the best interests of the game'.

"This follows an incident in the FA WSL match between Manchester City and Reading on Friday 26 October when he failed to determine which team would kick off the match by the toss of a coin, as required by the Laws of the Game."