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?