Archive for July 4th, 2010

A great appointment by UEFA

I am delighted to learn that Pierluigi Collina, referee of the World Cup Final in 2002 and one of footballs’s most famous referees with his bald head and menacing stare, has left his job as head of Italian officials to take up a similar role organising referees for European competitions with UEFA.

“I’ve decided to leave my role because I have received an important offer from UEFA,” Collina, who retired from refereeing in 2005, told reporters.

He is the ultimate professional in refereeing terms and will be a major asset to UEFA.

I worked with Pierluigi at both World Cup France 1998 and World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 and was highly impressed.

He is totally aware of so many aspects of refereeing.

He will bring knowledge, awareness and a feel for the game to the UEFA administration.

This is a great appointment by UEFA.

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Referees are easy targets

I have read the reports of the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup in the various newspapers and sometimes I despair about the quality of reporting and about the knowledge of the so called ‘football experts.’

The quarter final match between Netherlands and Brazil, refereed by Yuichi Nishimura of Japan, was sensational and controversial only because of the result and not because of any refereeing decision.

Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan had a fantastic performance in the high profile match between Germany v Argentina match but again this has not been mentioned in the media.

When referees do well it is not mentioned. When they make a mistake it is headline news.

The main media coverage has been about the performance of Carlos Batres of Guatemala in the Spain v Paraguay match.

He allegedly denied Paraguay a goal in the 2002 World Cup when he officiated their second round defeat to Germany. In the eyes of the Paraguayans, he failed to award a penalty kick in the second half for a foul by Michael Ballack.

How pathetic!

Even if this was an error, and as the person in charge refereeing at the tournament in 2002, I cannot honestly remember the incident, have they analysed over the past eight years the mistakes made by their own players?

I think not.

If Paraguay had scored the penalty kick they were awarded in the match against Spain they could have qualified for the World Cup semi finals.

Referees are an easy target for the failure of others!

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