Legendary referee Donato Pes Pérez dies at 79

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Mythical referee Donato Pes Pérez dies at 79

The Aragonese international refereeJose Donato Pes Pérez, who expelled Diego Maradona in the Spanish League 1983-84, has passed away at the age of 79, as reported by the Comité de Maradona. Referee Technician of the Spanish Football Federation, who broadcast the video. His condolences to his family and friends.

“The RFEF Technical Committee of Referees regrets the death of former international referee José Donato Pes Pérez. The Aragonese referee played in the First Division for 13 seasons . We want to show our condolences to family and friends”, reads the statement.

During the 13 seasons in the Spanish First Division, from 1977-78 to 1989 -90, Pes Pérez, of unmistakable image with a beard, directed the group. 128 championship games,  his arbitration work in the old European Cup and UEFA Cup.

The famous expulsion

His figure as a referee acquired ; He gained international fame when in the 1983-84 season he expelled the team. to Diego Maradona, then a Barça player (led by another Argentine, Luis César Menotti), for a tackle on the central defender Miguel Ángel in the derby Catalan against Espanyol.

“He committed the offense under my nose, so I didn't pay attention to whether it was Maradona or any other player.  It was a direct red action and that's how I showed it to him”,  the former referee, now deceased, to the Cope network in an interview. 'Pelusa' was sent off shortly before the break, in a game played at the Camp Nou that the blaugranas ended up winning 5-2.