Great idea FIFA. If you can't (won't) fix the problem, cover up the evidence.

  • hartfan

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    Jun 28, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    From ESPN:

    JOHANNESBURG -- 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.

    Angry Mexico players protested to referee Roberto Rosetti after the screens in Johannesburg's Soccer City showed Argentina forward Carlos Tevez was offside before he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory on Sunday.

    FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Monday that replaying the incident was "a clear mistake."

    "This will be corrected and we will have a closer look into that," Maingot told a news conference Monday. "We will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played."

    Maingot said the screens were used to broadcast a FIFA "infotainment program" to fans before the match and could be used to replay some match action.

    Responsibility for operating the screens falls to South Africa's World Cup organizing committee, which took charge of the 10 stadiums during the tournament.

    Organizers' spokesman Jermaine Craig said he had spoken to the stadium broadcasting team about the incident.

    "The goal was awarded and it happened relatively quickly," Craig said. "In retrospect, maybe it shouldn't have been shown. It was shown and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that."

    Maingot said FIFA has not yet received feedback from its officials at the match about a mass confrontation between coaches and players behind the Mexico bench as the teams left the field at halftime.

    Italian referee Rosetti was at the center of a melee trying to separate heated conversations that included Argentina coach Diego Maradona.
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    Jun 28, 2010 7:41 PM GMT
    Stupid FIFA... this cup is really bringing a lot of their issues to light. Hopefully they will make some changes after it's all over.
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    Jun 28, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    Fucking hate Fifa
    as usual something elses happens in a match about a goal and FIFA do nothing about it
    because of all this crap about technology will 'ruin' the game is a load bullshit
    FIFA hav fucked my countries chances of going to the world(Ireland) and maybe costing England chances of going futher into the competion
    get a video ref now!!!
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    Jun 28, 2010 10:33 PM GMT
    yeah this is stupid ruling by FIFA.

    reminds me of some of the stupid crap that the IOC does.

    we've got the technology. let's use it damnit!

    as long as brazil wins icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 28, 2010 11:05 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you saidyeah this is stupid ruling by FIFA.

    reminds me of some of the stupid crap that the IOC does.

    we've got the technology. let's use it damnit!

    as long as brazil wins icon_biggrin.gif



    3-0 today icon_biggrin.gif

    woot.

    Netherlands are next!
  • johnoc

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    Jun 28, 2010 11:38 PM GMT
    photosrus saidStupid FIFA... this cup is really bringing a lot of their issues to light. Hopefully they will make some changes after it's all over.



    Totally agree man. The IOC and MLB need to embrace technology too....hell, even in tennis, the Slams and the tier 1 tournaments uses "spot shot" on the main courts and golf officials reviews calls from viewers questioning a shot or ruling when watching the telecasts.
  • hartfan

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    Jul 09, 2010 7:24 AM GMT
    Looks like Sepp Blatter isn't as senile after all. Or he's just pandering. What do you think?

    From ESPN:

    FIFA hints at help for referees

    England's Howard Webb could be the last referee to officiate a World Cup final without the aid of technology after FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke said the 2010 tournament will be the last to be played under the existing refereeing system.

    Football's governing body has been under pressure to introduce goal-line technology after Frank Lampard's disallowed goal against Germany in the quarter-finals and a string of other contentious decisions led to calls for change.

    After bowing to pressure to talk the issue over again, FIFA has hinted that something will be in place by the time the 2014 World Cup in Brazil kicks-off.

    "We are talking about a single goal not seen by the referee which is why we are talking about new technology,'' Valcke told the BBC. ''But, again let's see if this system will help or whether giving the referee an additional four eyes will give him the comfort and make duty easier to perform, then why not? I would say that it is the final World Cup with the current refereeing system."

    Following the International Football Association Board's (IFAB) decision to reject technology in March, FIFA President Sepp Blatter maintained the stance that human error should be part of the game. However, after renewed calls during the World Cup, Blatter was forced to perform a U-turn, saying that it would be a "nonsense" not to reopen the discussion and Valcke has admitted something needs to change.

    "The teams and the players are so strong and so fast. The game is different and the referees are older than all the players," Valcke said. "The game is so fast, the ball is flying so quickly, we have to help them and we have to do something and that's why I say it is the last World Cup under the current system."

    Hawk-Eye inventor Dr Paul Hawkins has already told Soccernet that there would not be a delay in the game if his system was used, while the introduction of two extra officials positioned at each end of the pitch - a move brought in by UEFA president Michel Platini - was used successfully in the Europa League and is set to be used in the Champions League for the coming season.

    Meanwhile, Blatter rejected any possibility of 'penalty goals' being brought in following Luis Suarez's handball that denied Ghana a World Cup semi-final place.

    Blatter did say however that any law changes being considered as a result of the Uruguay striker's actions would be discussed at the IFAB in October.

    "That meeting in October is when we will discuss the question of goal-line technology and take on such situations as we have witnessed in this competition with Suarez in the last minute of the match between Uruguay and Ghana.

    "You have seen in this competition and in others that it's so difficult to say if a ball is in or out. But if it is not in then no referee can declare it is a goal, this is definite."