It seems like every other match-up in the 2010 World Cup has instigated controversy. From offside calls to discounted goals, teams are beginning to lose their impatience from the unstable officiating. Could anything be more horrific than the officiating blunders that are damaging the integrity of the 2010 World Cup?
The way FIFA is handling it.
FIFA shows they’d rather hide their mistakes
In the 2010 World Cup contest between Argentina and Mexico, Argentina scored a goal as their player, Carlos Tevez, was offsides. The official missed the infraction, and the goal served as the momentum swifter in Argentina’s 3-1 victory over Mexico.
Mexico was livid with officials after they saw the replay on the stadiums. They protested with officials over the miscall, but their arguments were in vain; Argentina took the opening lead and Mexico let frustration get to them.
What was FIFA’s immediate response to the traveshamockery? To eliminate stadium replays so fans are restricted from viewing bad calls during games. Apparently, this will prevent more player disputes on inaccurate calls.
So instead of telling people how you’re going to fix the error, you tell them about how you need to cover it up? Wow…
Apparently, FIFA loves corrupt officiating
FIFA’s nonchalant stance on the poor officiating and their resistance to incorporate video replay into international soccer has put an increasingly bad wound on international soccer’s integrity. It’s becoming obvious that FIFA uses the officiating to their advantage. As the saying goes, “All publicity is good publicity,” and the corruption has the entire world talking.
Why FIFA needs video replay
In a sport where one goal can dictate a game’s outcome, video replay’s presence is more critical in soccer than any other sport. One miscue can turn a 0-0 game into 1-0. The hardest thing in soccer is scoring goals; mistakes must be kept at a minimum. FIFA may be getting more viewers in the short-term, but their jeopardizing the long-term health of their sport with each irrefutable mistake that occurs deeper into the World Cup.
How FIFA and video replay can eliminate officiating dilemmas
Video replay would offset the amount of miscalls that lead to illegal scores. Video replay could also eliminate some of the baffling flopping penalties, including the bizarre red card that was given to Brazil’s Kaka during group play of the World Cup. Giving coaches one or two challenges a game would create a more legitimate competition. International soccer matches could just add time at the end of the match for how long replay takes.
Sepp Blatter and FIFA need to take action immediately
Sepp Blatter needs to start taking authority of the issues plaguing World Cup play instead of trying to disguise them. At the least, the World Cup and other international soccer leagues should establish some forms of video replay by 2014.
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Associated Press, “Replay of Tevez Goal ‘A mistake'” ESPN. June 28, 2010. June 28, 2010.