Abbondanzieri bemoans lack of sportsmanship

November 26, 2007

MADRID, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Getafe's Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri has accused his compatriot Andres D'Alessandro of lacking fair play in scoring Real Zaragoza's equaliser on Sunday, when he was out of position.

Getafe held a 1-0 lead away from home in their Primera Liga encounter, when Zaragoza won a free kick on the edge of the area with nine minutes left.

Visiting coach Michael Laudrup was granted permission to make a substitution, but as their player entered the fray on the halfway line Abbondanzieri ran out to the referee to ask him to hold play.

Referee Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo blew his whistle and D'Alessandro quickly curled a shot into the empty net.

'No one disputes that what happened was within the rules, and when a player is 20 centimetres on the pitch the referee can blow,' Abbondanzieri told a news conference on Monday.

'In the pictures you can see I was talking to the referee. I asked him to wait but he didn't respond and blew. You can say D'Alessandro was sharper than I was, and that may be true, but it isn't fair play.'

The 35-year-old absolved Laudrup of responsibility after the Dane suggested he had been at fault for making the substitution when he did.

D'Alessandro said he simply played to the whistle and that it was easier to score without a keeper between the posts.

Getafe are 11th in the standings, three points behind ninth-placed Zaragoza.