Minor league footballer Ng Wai-man - banned this week for five years after attacking a referee last month - ought to be grateful that the man in black officiating in Shek Kip Mei's match against Hi Lee was not Melvin Sylvester. English referee Sylvester found himself making headlines around the world after a bizarre incident in an amateur game in south London where he ended up sending himself off. Sylvester, 42, lost his cool after being verbally abused by players during the match in Charlton. The harassed official snapped and attacked a 27-year-old player, giving him a black eye. After other players intervened to calm him down, Sylvester pulled out his red card and sent himself for an early bath, handing the game over to a substitute. He has now said he will never run a football match again. 'I was sorely provoked,' he said. 'I just could not take any more - I blew my top.' On the subject of provoking . . . it seems Hong Kong footballer Dale Tempest got more than he asked for during last week's Dynasty Cup tie against Japan in Yokohama. Tempest, who scored a superb poacher's goal to level the score at 1-1 midway through the first half, then play-acted to the home crowd behind the Japanese 'keeper's goal by cupping his ears David Beckham-style as if to say, 'I can't hear you'. Unfortunately for Tempest and Hong Kong, that goal seemed to spur the Japanese to greater efforts. Within 60 seconds they scored, and in the next couple of minutes added another to go 3-1 up. Two more goals in the second half silenced Hong Kong for good. Talk about tempting fate. Once a Valley player, always a Valley diehard. Pieter Schats, former chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, was deliriously happy after the SAR's premier rugby club won the 1997-98 League title, beating Football Club in rousing fashion last Saturday. A try two minutes from the end gave Valley their fifth straight League title. Schats could not contain himself when referee Paul Haley blew the final whistle. He threw his three-year-old son Ben up in the air. 'It was great to see that. Our victory meant so much to a lot of people,' said Valley's Isi Tu'ivai later. Bernado Desamito got the loudest cheers at last Sunday's International Golden Mile race in Central. No prizes for guessing his nationality.