MADRID (AP) A Spanish soccer player who says a referee tried to ask her out during a game will not file a formal complaint because it’s her word against his.
Elena Pavel accused referee Santiago Quijada Alcon of trying to provoke her by asking her on a date in Sporting Huelva’s first-division game against Santa Teresa on Sunday.
Pavel tells Marca newspaper she felt “humiliated” but won’t take further action, partly because nobody else witnessed the incident.
According to Pavel, the referee said he wanted to grab a cup of coffee with her after the game. She said she told him to keep the focus on his officiating.
The referee denied saying anything to Pavel, and the local referee’s association said Wednesday it might take action against Pavel because of her accusation.