Football: Dutch referee left red-faced after forgetting his cards during Cup game

AMSTERDAM (REUTERS) - A leading Dutch referee described himself as sick to the stomach after attempting to book a player in a Cup tie on Thursday, only to discover he had forgotten his cards.

But Heerenveen defender Joey van den Berg did not get away with his foul. His name was included on the list of cautions on the official report of his team's 3-0 win over fellow top-flight club Twente Enschede, Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Friday.

Referee Pieter Vink said he had changed his soaking wet shirt at half time but forgot to transfer his cards from the pocket of the old shirt.

"I thought I refereed the game well," he told Fox Sports television. "And then this happens to you. It has made me furious. This will never happen to me again.

"I'm really sick to my stomach about it."