Posted by: mdegeorge | June 30, 2010

FIFA cutting off its refereeing nose to save its face

Soccer’s governing body has been surprisingly proactive this week—at least by their rather low standards—when it comes to its recent issue with poor officiating at the World Cup.

First, FIFA president Sepp Blatter came out and apologized to both England and Mexico, the teams eliminated in the Round of 16 due in no small part to incorrect decisions by the officials. He also said that replay technology is back on the table for FIFA.

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Then, in its most decisive action, it suspended the referees supposedly at fault for both of those calls, Jorge Larrionda and Roberto Rosetti, for the remainder of the tournament.

Good call FIFA. Only aren’t the linesmen the ones responsible for determining offside calls and whether or not a ball has crossed the byline? So why are the refs taking the fall?

It looks like yet another missed call by FIFA. But by all means, let’s focus on their supposed good deed by suspending these offending refs instead of FIFA’s reticence to move toward replay.


  1. actually, as far as I know, whenever officials are selected for a match, they are selected as a team, so that kinda justifies FIFA’s decision i think.

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