Monday, June 26, 2006

Referee under fire

It seems FIFA are as quick to attack refereeing indiscretions as quickly as fans and media alike.

There was no support for referee Valentin Ivanov following last nights game between Holland and Portugal with FIFA president Sepp Blatter commenting:

"I consider the referee was not at the same level as the participants, the players. I think there could have been a yellow card for the referee."

I find it surprising that FIFA have not provided more support to the officials and they have been all too quick to apportion blame following a controversial decision, without taking into account the rules and guidelines that they lay down before tournaments.

The problem last night for Ivanov was the spate of yellow cards he handed out early in the game which left him in a vulnerable position if the game developed as it ultimately did. By handing out yellow cards for minor fouls (and not those covered by FIFA's guidelines) he then had no option but to keep handing yellow cards during that twenty minute spell. If anything, he was perhaps a little too lenient in the end as Figo and Deco certainly deserved straight red cards when they were issued with yellows.

It is all too easy to blame referees and Marco Van Basten has been vocal today but the players also have to take some responsibility as they sensed the referees lack of control and took advantage of it, in effect losing control themselves as they sought to even up the card count and get retribution for earlier 'injustices'.

What I did find laughable today though was talk of an attempt by Portugal to overturn Deco's first yellow card (thus cancelling out the sending of) as Holland contravened the spirit of fair play leading upto his 'challenge'.

Presumably - and in the same spirit of fair play, they will petition for Figo's yellow card to be upgraded to a red?

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Italy Fan said...

Just finished watching one of the biggest injustices ive ever seen in World Football.Italy were disapointing beyond belief for a squad full of such riches, Italy offered nothing in the way of attractive football, and were outplayed by the impressive Australia. Im an Italy fan, but was disgusted with the way my team played.I would go as far as to say that we did not deserve to win the game, let alone any futher games in the World Cup. And the way we celebrated a poor victory. embarrasing

Simon said...

This world cup will be remembered as much for being fabulously well organised and a credit to Germany - as for the woeful standard of refereeing. It has been appalling. If ever proof were needed that the referees need video replay for a 4th, 5th or 6th official we have had it, again and again and again in this tournament. A combination of poor refereeing, unbelievable levels of cheating and simulation and rules which are impossible to apply properly and so are applied inconsistently has made a mockery of the beautiful game. FIFA should hang their heads in shame at the way they have wilfully ignored the advances in technology so readily available to anyone watching this on telly in their front room. The offside rules, the tackle from behind, lungeing tackles, missed handballs, three yellow cards - Mr. Blatter, your P45 please.