Copa America Final: When Ref Heber Lopes Almost Stole The Show
In the first half he sent off Marcelo Diaz after he handed out two yellows, the second of which was rather harsh in which the Chilean appeared to collide with Messi. Then when Lionel Messi went down in the area after a little wind blew in his direction (Ronaldo and Messi do inspire each other), the referee gave him a yellow card.
And then Lopes evened it out by handing Rojo a red card after the Argentina defender appeared to challenge Vidal from behind, which by all stretches of imagination was only a yellow.
Heber Lopes has shown 14 red cards in the last 27 games he’s officiated in, including two in today’s final clash.
So obviously, Twitteratis went loco:
Love a bit of Heber Lopes. pic.twitter.com/M1fhMgRwyB
— Arsène's Son (@hughwizzy) June 27, 2016
Heber Lopes’ pre-#CopaAmerica hype jam.
(It’s working) pic.twitter.com/taoeruH5LQ
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) June 27, 2016
— Ben Jata (@BenJata_) June 27, 2016
Heber Lopes' first half by numbers in the #CopaAmerica final:
17 fouls given
All about him. pic.twitter.com/jQHDFrrV6v
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 27, 2016
— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) June 27, 2016
Günaydın Heber Roberto Lopes ailesi. pic.twitter.com/ZYoNufuUCX
— Cihan Yerlikaya (@CYINHO) June 27, 2016
— The JC (@Jesus9850) June 27, 2016