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.