KENYA BROWN - Friday, June 25, 2010
FIFA approves of the officiating at the 2010 World Cup. What are they smoking?

An article a few days ago in the UK's Guardian caught my attention. It talks about how FIFA's head of refereeing is 'very happy' with the officiating so far at the 2010 World Cup. Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda was quoted as saying that, despite some mistakes, there has been a high overall standard at this summer's tournament.

Whatever Garcia-Aranda has been smoking it must be some good stuff because even the newest viewers to the sport can obviously see that the officiating has been the poorest part of the games so far. Every US supporter, despite the team's dramatics to enter the second round, are still griping about two good goals in matches against Slovenia and Algeria respectively. Now, the Malian referee Koman Coulibaly is the most hated man in all of the United States because of his actions and refusal to respond as to why he disallowed a Maurice Edu match winner.

The Group C table toppers have not been the only victims of the horrible officiating at this World Cup. A red card to Brazilian midfielder Kaka against the Ivory Coast, a red card to German striker Miroslav Klose against Serbia and a missed handball that led to a goal for Brazil's Luis Fabiano are just a few of the poor calls referees have made or missed.

This will once again bring up the debate as to allowing replay or some kind of technology to allow the referees to correct any mistakes in the game. Certainly, FIFA President Sepp Blatter will do all he can to quash that talk again.

If the officiating gets any poorer, the World Cup is going to be known more for referees and not for the atmosphere and the players who made an impact on the world's stage.
Saturday July 17, 2010 2:42 pm
Right on Kenny D. Those famous 2 words so beloved by Donald Trump!
Truth is stranger than fiction. If you were told that a major decision by a referee had changed irrevocably the outcome of a World Cup match, and 1 billion people in every country on the face of the earth watched the replay on TV over and over and saw the error and demanded it immediately be rectified before play resumed, but the ONLY individual on the face of Gods earth that would not see, is not allowed to see and refuses to see the replay and fix the outcome is the Referee, the ONLY person with the authority to actually do so, you would say that is bad fiction. Yet what is FIFA's response - try to get replays banned from stadium big screens. As if that would stop the other 1 billion viewers in their homes and bars from seeing the replay? Lets let everyone who reads this judge who is stupid and how badly! Sep Blatter. What a characature. Who could dream such a bizarre figure up? Incredibly, FIFA and Blatter just made the cadavers and mummies who rule British futbol seem positively progressive. OMG!
Wednesday June 30, 2010 9:08 am
The disallowed goal from the Slovenia game had a lot of effect on the Ghana game, in my opinion. Had the goal stood against Slovenia, we would have won the group with a 0-0 draw against Algeria. In other words, we wouldn't have had to chase the goal as hard as we did and could have sat back helping our defenders more. It would have been an easier game to play and far less emotional. I do believe our guys were tired when they got to the Ghana game.
clarence johnson
Wednesday June 30, 2010 4:50 am
Sepp Blatter and the entire FIFA orgaization have taken entitlement and arrogance to universal proportions. The officiating has nothing to do with smoke, since a little smoke may have actually helped calm these refs down a bit to make accurate calls. There have been so many impactful , awful decisions in so many games that I'm sick . I should have taken notice with the handball allowing France to get into the Cup that the theme for 2010 is " We are perfect, you are stoopid and wrong, and deal with it;because we refuse to." Yea, right, now tell me soccer hasn't been infiltrated by match fixing run rampant.
Saturday June 26, 2010 7:28 pm
.....Though the two stolen goals were obviously the result of horribly biased officiating, I'm glad that niether match had any effect on our exit from this WC, as today's match against Ghana was well done by the officials, and the Black Stars were the better side on the day. It was much easier to accept today's defeat knowing it was not the result of poor officiating, as it was the past two WC's (penalty awarded to Ghana on a 50/50 in the box in 06 and German handball save in 02).... Hats off to the Hungarian officials today on a job well done.... And hats off to Ghana's Football Team... They didnt give our boys much space to work the ball, and though I felt we had more quality chances, they made their chances count. I will be rooting for the Black Stars the rest of the way.
Mike E.
Saturday June 26, 2010 1:18 pm
I am really wondering about the "zebras" here. Two disallowed goals for the US, and NO foul called on the Slovenian huggers on the same play. Red card for Klose (?). Red card for Kaka (?????????!!!). Red card for Harry Kewell handball when a yellow would have been sufficient. EIGHT yellow cards handed out between Brazil and Portugal. The funny thing here is that Red Card George (Jorge Larrionda) HASN'T handed one of those out. Not yet.

DEAD FISH smells better than this
Ed C.
Saturday June 26, 2010 8:57 am
happy with the refereeing - its ridiculous!!! jason, i don't know what you're smoking dude?!?! you think that just because the refereeing hasn't been as bad as you think at the last world cup, tht it's good this time? everything is relative. better? maybe. but 2 disallowed goals is pretty pathetic! as for cbb's comments - cannot agree more!
C. B.
Friday June 25, 2010 5:13 pm
Two disallowed goals against the same team in consecutive matches is more than suspicous. I hate to say conspiracy, but what are Americans suppose to think at this point? The US has been the dominant superpower in the world throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Football was the one thing the rest of the world could dominate us in and that's not the case anymore. more than enough motivation to want to see us out. i hope our boys can keep throwing it in their faces.
Burn Fan
Friday June 25, 2010 4:36 pm
isn't that why we all love this sport? Because of the human elements? Referees are human, they will make mistakes.

I also think that the reffing has been pretty darn good overall. Have there been mistakes? Yes. but life is not perfect and it is silly to always think that new technology is going to make things perfect. Why do things have to be perfect anyway? Geez
Friday June 25, 2010 12:42 pm
Actually, I think overall it's been good. Remember last time there were red cards everywhere in every match? Remember our game vs. Italy? Remember the penalty on Gooch against Ghana where the little guy ran into Gooch and fell down, and we lost 2-1? This time, we have been hurt by two terrible calls, but the rest of even those matches were not that bad, and most of the matches I've watched have been pretty good. The incidents in the article were all egregious, but, again, overall the quality's been pretty good, just a few really bad outliers. I remember so many WCs past where there was problem after problem in nearly every match: so much diving drawing unfair penalties, so many red cards for minor things. I remember once in the 94 when the ref forgot the time and did some 12 mins of added time by accident. And on and on. I guess what I'm saying is it's all relative. And the reffing has been relatively good, even though the US has suffered (and I think we often do and will keep on doing until we generate more respect).

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