World Cup referees under fire as FIFA evades calls for new technology
Horribly botched calls by World Cup referees changed the tenor of both the England vs Germany and the Mexico vs Argentina matches yesterday. Yet soccer's governing body, FIFA, remains resolute in its aversion to instant replay.
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Even beyond the dozens of controversial decisions that you’d expect in any tournament, this year a number of plainly wrong calls have been pivotal to the outcome of key games.
Yesterday, however, the officials outdid themselves. And the Monitor could not keep pace with them.
Just 10 minutes after posting a piece on the top five referee gaffes in this World Cup – which was inspired by the instantly infamous England goal that the officials missed just before halftime in the England vs. Germany game – we had to update the list.
The Mexican players nearly lynched the linesman for missing that call, which changed the tenor of the game. And it made No. 4 on our list.
The most painful thing about all these instances is that the players, fans, and officials can just look up to the jumbo TVs in the stadium and watch the bad call being played over and over again by the broadcasters.
But the refs can’t change the call. Not in soccer.
How could that be, in 2010? What with all the newfangled equipment such as the Hawk-Eye computer system used to judge line calls in tennis or even just simple instant replay?
Here’s what Sepp Blatter, the head of soccer’s ruling body, FIFA, had to say on March 11: "If play were to be stopped to take a decision, it would break up the rhythm of the game and possibly deny a team the opportunity to score a goal. It would also not make sense to stop play every two minutes to review a decision, as this would go against the natural dynamism of the game."