Ceci Muñoz from Arenys de Mar brings the referee world to Legends
25 March, 2018
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Ceci Muñoz (1997) was born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on June 30. With her 20 years, she lives in Arenys de Mar (Barcelona). Soccer is possible thanks to the players, the clubs, the coaches… but also the referees. And Ceci is an arbitrator of the Maresme subdelegation. Legends has talked with her about her arbitration vocation.
How and with what age were you interested in arbitration?
I started at the minimum age of 14 years (they did not leave me before). It all started due to seeing a girl whistle when we were little (I have a twin sister, we were very excited and even, she showed us the cards!) It was very fun.
Another day, my sister Flor (also being small, maybe 10 years old) almost warned her for protesting, and the referee told us “Why do not you pIay” and the answer was “well worth it”. That remained in anecdote until my older brother, when he turned 14 became a collegiate and then the decision was clear: I want to be a football referee; I just have to wait two years.
In soccer there is a lot of talk about the players, but little about the referees and, in general, only about “arbitration errors”. However, without you, soccer would be impossible. How do you live (or live the referees) this situation?
It is a complicated situation because we are usually in the crosshairs of all the participants, whether spectators or players and technicians.
For my part I have already assumed for a long time that the fans will criticize everything that goes against their team, whether they are right or not in my decisions, and the same thing happens depending on which journalist is involved. Let us say they are partial and that is why a point arrives that is indifferent.
Even so, yes that many players come to give their opinion about your arbitration work in the game, either good or bad (evidently with respect, they tell you that you have been very good or act in a way that evidences their discontent).
In short, I have already accepted that they may talk about me only to emphasize what they consider “”mistakes”, but I do not care either. I am a referee and I lead matches because I like it, if above I have to be aware of what they will say about me… I have enough in the field of play hahaha.
How do you perceive the situation of women’s football in general? And of the womens’ arbitration? In case you see problems, what actions do you think could be carried out to correct these problems?
Currently, in the community of Catalonia, campaigns to promote women’s football are being carried out. In addition, we can watch on television matches of the 1st and 2nd national divisions.
It is improving and supporting women’s soccer, in addition to women’s refereeing. There is work ahead, but everything is achieved, “the difficult only costs a little more”.
Do you have any or a favorite referee?
None in particular, but I do take the example of colleagues who are currently in third division as a sign of perseverance, effort and sacrifice.
In what arbitrary leagues? Women´s soccer or all kinds of soccer?
I currently direct 2nd Catalan division and 2nd national women as referee, and as assistant I can act in the 3rd national division and in the Iberdrola League.
How would you define yourself as an arbitrator?
Dialogant when it is convenient, decisive and firm.
What do you aspire to as a referee? Do you have any goal on the horizon?
There is always the illusion of reaching the elite, but for now the short-term goal is to promote first Catalan and “Liga Iberdrola” as referee.
Do you also like to play football or do you prefer refereeing?
I like much be a referee. From time to time I play, but I end up bored and wanting to run the game I’m playing.
And, just out of curiosity, how does a referee feel when he takes out a red card?
Depends on the situation. There are red cards that are obvious and nobody is protesting them. Those that are serious by sudden game you have to act fast, because if they see you doubt they will go for you and try to make you change your mind (eat your head, vulgarly speaking).
There is also the tension of maintaining control of the game later, in addition to having to support the fans of the team that received the expulsion protesting, although you have guessed right.
To draw a red one conditions a match, but I only show it if I am sure, and if I am sure there is no protest worthwhile and I stand firm.
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