This week, while I perused Brazilian sports news as I do daily w/ the World Cup around the corner, I found a short interview of Javier Castrilli conducted by Mílton Neves, a sports journalist well-known in my country. He refers to a controversial penalty call in a 1998 São Paulo State Tournament between Portuguesa and Corinthians. For you Argentines who are likely unfamiliar with this incident, Castrilli awarded Corinthians a very dubious penalty very late in the match. I saw this match live on TV in Brazil and completely disagreed with the call. In fact, the controversy also involved the length of the match; Castrilli ended the game at the 50th or 51st minute. You can see the controversial call here. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgYDvlY-H1M&feature=player_embedded"]YouTube- Corinthians 2 x 2 Portuguesa - Paulistão 1998[/ame] This had some repercussions because Castrilli had to be escorted out of the pitch w/ a heavy police presence; Portuguesa players and staff tried to assault him. It was a particularly painful result because the draw gave Corinthians passage to the Tournament's final; Portuguesa was in the middle of a title drought and desperately wanted to compete for the São Paulo State title. In this interview, Castrilli calmly claims he made the right call, which I disagree with. Castrilli refereed in France 98; he then retired and subsequently took a position with your league's department of sports events security. Looking at some other Youtube videos, including one where he red-carded Diego Maradona in 1996, Castrilli seems to evoke two main reactions. One, that he was a tough and courageous arbiter who showed no favoritism, who was never intimidated by players or fans, and who imposed the laws of the game ruthlessly. Two, that he was a terrible referee with an overblown ego who made many refereeing errors and whose departure from the ranks of refereeing was a benefit to your league. What's your take on him? Why exactly was he so contested and controversial? Wikipedia says he refereed for 18 years, which means he was around when Maradona and his peers barely debuted, and this means that virtually all key Argentine footballers of the 1980s and 1990s faced his refereeing (including of course those who eventually played in UEFA). I would imagine that an arbiter of such tenure would probably pick up some enemies - and admirers - along the way.