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FIFA Chief Apologizes, Considers Replay

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Sepp Blatter Tweet

Apparently, one can only embrace controversy for so long before said controversy grows into something resembling dissent and outright revolt. Of course, considering the refereeing mistakes endured by England and Mexico, perhaps open revolt is the only way to bring about such change. Evidently, FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter felt this as well, and in an effort to put a cork in the dissension, Blatter apologized to both Mexico and England — which I’m sure made everything better — and mentioned the need to review “the use of technology” in future World Cups.

Consequently, the principle [use of technology] will not be changed for this competition. But with what we have experienced here, it would be nonsense to not reopen the file on technology at the next business meeting of the IFAB on 20 and 21 July in Wales.

Unfortunately, the 2010 version has been mired in numerous bad calls, some that have decided the fate of the suffering team. Again, there’s no guarantee England would’ve beaten Germany (nor Mexico for that matter), but surely they should have the chance to play the game on level ground; especially when they, you know, earned such an opportunity.

I suppose we should be satisfied FIFA is actually considering using modern technology in future events, but for some reason, it feels like a “too little, too late” situation.

FIFA Laughs In The Face of Replay Requests

No Goal

It was another piss-poor weekend for FIFA referees. From allowing goals from players who were clearly offsides to disallowing legitimate goals, it wasn’t the best performance from the group of officials tasked with overseeing what’s was supposed to be fair and just contests. In light of these disappointing calls, FIFA is again under fire for their unwillingness to implement some kind of replay initiative which would double-check questionable on-field calls, especially goals.

While there seems to be hope for future World Cups — “(There were) some decisions that were not good. (But) we have no time to implement changes immediately. That can occur for the World 2014.” – FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke — the 2010 version is going to continue as is: with no replay.

In fact, FIFA isn’t stopping there. Instead of implementing some kind of double-check system, FIFA is nixing the idea of replay completely, all the way down to the in-stadium video replays that show the fans whether the correct call was made on the field. The Worldwide Leader has more:

FIFA will censor World Cup match action being shown on giant screens inside the stadium after replays of Argentina’s disputed first goal against Mexico fueled arguments on the pitch… FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Monday that replaying the incident was “a clear mistake.”

Not only will they not review any questionable plays, FIFA is going to hide whatever on-field mistakes were made by officials from the fans by controlling the in-stadium playback. Granted, this won’t have much impact on fans watching at home, but the fact remains, at least in 2010: FIFA would rather enjoy the controversy instead of getting it right on the field.

Meanwhile, teams like Mexico and England are left wondering what if. What if the correct call is made on Carlos Tevez’ first goal? What if Frank Lampard’s goal was correctly allowed? Would either of those results be the same?

Long Live the Vuvuzela

Vuvuzela

The incessant buzzing you’ve been hearing? The unending sound resembling the beginning of Norma Jean’s “And There Will Be A Swarm Of Hornets” going on throughout your World Cup viewing pleasure? It’s not going away; at least, not this year. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has defended the, in some cases, hated rubber trumpet-like instruments, via Twitter, of course.

“…I don’t see banning the music traditions of fans in their own country. Would you want to see a ban on the fan traditions in your country?”

So if you’re a vuvuzela hater, get used to it. Maybe you can adopt the “FFUUUUUUUU” guy’s mentality:

Vuvuzela buzz