Cold, ref?

Tonight and Thursday are Purim, and one of the traditions that goes along with this happy festival is telling tall stories. (It’s similar to the UK tradition on April 1 of telling stories that fool people into believing something false to be true.) So, when I read the following report in today’s paper from Monday nights’ eventful derby football match between Hapoel Tel Aviv and Maccabi Tel Aviv, I wondered if it was a Purim stunt:

“Hapoel players Avihai Yadin and Salim Toama, who were sent off in stoppage time, also face serious consequences, with Yadin being charged with the attempt to bodily harm the referee, insulating the referee and disorderly conduct, while Toama was charged with insulating the referee and disorderly conduct.”

I guess the referee was cold that night.