The Serie A referee commented on stadiums where whistles are difficult and cited Villa Belmiro.
Being a football referee means being cursed by thousands of people, regardless of the team or region. However, some pitches may be more challenging than others. This is what Marcelo de Lima Henrique, one of the most experienced referees in Brazilian football, spoke about. He pointed to some of the more complex places and the fans exerting the most pressure, placing Santos among the top on the list.
In an interview with Charla Podcast, last Wednesday (13), the judge explained the reasons and cited Villa Belmiro, Arena da Baixada, by Atletico Paranaense, and São Januaro, by Vasco, as the three most difficult stadiums to manage the match, for the atmosphere experienced by the fans. “Villa Belmero is one of the most difficult stadiums to whistle, the stadium is beating,” the referee commented during the conversation.
But this season, Santos is still unable to make the “house factor” weigh on the team’s results, and turn the crowd’s pressure into a positive point for victories. In the seven matches played by the Whites and the Whites at Villa Belmiro in 2022, there were only three victories, less than half. The last match against Universidad Católica 3-2 last Wednesday (13) for the Copa America.
Marcelo also completed his comments on the “top three” of the more complex pitches buzzing with their whistles. “It’s very difficult to blow the whistle for the Arena da Baixada because the crowd is so close. Athletico Paranaense fans are very acidic or rough with their opponents and with the referee (…). São Janorio … beautiful stadiums to whistle. These stadiums are pulsing,” added the referee during the audio broadcast .
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