Posing in Playboy is a feat for many women, and probably a dream more for the men who wish that more women would do so. Usually posing in the magazine stirs things for a bit, and then it's forgotten (see: Amanda Beard). But sometimes there are repercussions. Brazilian soccer referee Ana Paula Oliveira posed for the July issue, and while she has no regrets, she also hasn't officiated a pro game since.
Oliveira has been suspended by the Brazilian Football Confederation's refereeing commission since her spread was published, and last month made a tearful plea to be allowed to officiate again. In the meantime, she's been relegated to officiating amateur matches, in which she seems to be the main attraction.
Television pictures showed a crowd of several thousand people -- more than some Brazilian first division games -- turned out to watch, many apparently more interested in Oliveira than the match itself.Oliveira wants to come back, and perhaps she should be allowed to. What she really needs to do is start a grass roots campaign among her male fans and admirers.
"I want to make it clear that I have no regrets, on the contrary I have a strong personality," she told Brazilian television before taking charge of a game in the small town of Maracai, around 450 km west of Sao Paulo. "I will do the impossible to come back."