Archive for June 30th, 2010

Blatter apologises for mistakes

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, yesterday apologised at a media briefing to the English and Mexican teams for the mistakes which were made in their final matches against Germany and Argentina respectively.

“It is obvious that after the experiences so far at this World Cup it would be a nonsense not to reopen the file on goal-line technology,” stated Blatter.

The Tevez goal – the first in Argentina’s second round win on Sunday – was replayed on the screens in the stadium, sparking angry clashes between officials and the Mexican players and coaches.

“Personally I deplore it when you see evident referee mistakes but it’s not the end of a competition or the end of football, this can happen,” added Blatter.

“Yesterday I spoke to the two federations [England and Mexico] directly concerned by referees’ mistakes.”

“I have expressed to them apologies and I understand they are not happy and that people are criticising.”

“We will naturally take on board the discussion on technology and have the first opportunity at the next meeting of the International FA Board in July.”

Blatter was not saying that the correct decisions on both goals would have been given. He was saying that goal line technology will be discussed in the light of the high profile mistake made at the weekend which disallowed Frank Lampard’s goal.

This means changes will take place, but only regarding goal line technology.

The video replay which would have been necessary to show the mistake with the Tevez goal will still not be allowed.

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Departures from Pretoria

The cut off point for referees in a World Cup takes place after the round of 16.

In South Africa 10 referee teams have been released from the Referee Headquarters in Pretoria.

The highest profile ones to be released were those involved in the major controversies but FIFA have also released the reserve trios who often acted as fourth officials or reserve assistants.

When referees leave the camp at this point in a tournament, the whole dynamics of the referee headquarters changes.

Where there were 81 officials on Tuesday, by Thursday there will be 57 and friends who have been part of a team for over four weeks will say goodbye to each other.

Living in together in a training camp can be a problem for both players and referees.

Some can cope with the situation but others find the camp boring, especially if they are not playing or refereeing. Some become homesick and miss their families and are desperate to go home while others want to stay to referee the Final.

I am surprised that FIFA have kept 19 referees since there are only 8 matches left. At best this will mean 16 referees being appointed. In actual fact some referees will probably receive more than one appointment which means that there will a number of officials who will be in the camp for the next two weeks but whose active participation is over.

 Others in the Referee Headquarters in Pretoria will be hoping to be appointed to the biggest game of their lives.

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