Official Blunders Likely To End In Change

The start of this World Cup has been synonymous with poor refereeing decisions. With Sepp Blatter in favour of change, that only means one thing: technology...

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timbo (Cardiff City) says...

So the conspiracy theorists here claim that 1:1 against Croatia would be such a disaster for Brazil's qualifying hopes that the ref just had to step in to insure they win? Is it the mighty Cameroon that would have prevented them from advancing?

Posted 8:56pm 15th June 2014

shea666 (Manchester United) says...

Besides the corruption of FIFA and the obvious pro Brazil Bias, I thought Pierluigi Collina was in charge of a refereeing group supposedly ironing out stuff like this from officials...

Posted 5:15am 15th June 2014

manniman (Liverpool) says...

@fictionalemu Tugging on Fred's shirt? You can't be serious. The Croatian defender merely touched Fred's shoulder with his left hand: no tugging, no shirt grabbing, nothing. Watch the replay of the foul again... The worst part was Fred pointing to the sky for successfully deceiving the referee, that's a disgrace.

Posted 1:12am 15th June 2014

ajsr1982 (Liverpool) says...

It's worth noting that he needs the support of at least two of the home nations on the IFAB to pass through any changes.

Posted 10:07am 14th June 2014

ildiavolorosso (Manchester United) says...

Call me cynical, but I think Septic Bladder is only championing technology because it means big fat FIFA contracts for several companies, which then will allow him and his cronies to buy a few more chateaux in Switzerland.. from all the 'leakage' that happens with those contracts..

Posted 10:33pm 13th June 2014

dr soccer (Arsenal) says...

Exactly right, man of ire. Also, Blatter's just feigning interest in allowing any sort of ref technology, because he knows the people want it and it's a good card to play for re-election. Not like there's any sort of democracy in FIFA anyway.

Posted 10:21pm 13th June 2014

fictionalemu says...

Even if Croatia had been allowed to appeal the penalty decision it still would have been given. The defender can clearly be seen tugging on Fred's shirt. Of course it's an incredibly soft penalty (and if the same offence was always punished there'd be 100 penalties a match), but a video ref wouldn't have been able to overturn the decision because it was technically a foul (the FIFA rules of the game specify that pulling a player away from the ball is a foul).

Posted 10:08pm 13th June 2014

man of ire (Manchester United) says...

It's crap like this that allows the "rot" to continue. You either work for FIFA or you're an optimistic fool if you think this Japanese ref wasn't given a directive. FIFA have time and again proven themselves to be nothing short of utterly corrupt. To think that they don't influence the outcome of games is romantic but highly unlikely.

Posted 7:25pm 13th June 2014

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