July 12, 2010

WC Concerns & Woes

2010 World Cup has been a world cup to remember throughout history. Books will record this world cup for sure but it has been exciting to watch throughout. I had tests running when it started, the finals of the year and then it was all free, as I watched the games from home. But after the world cup is over, I will visualize on the concerns that occurred to me from the world cup after watching all these games. ESPN puts on their criticizes and remarks the unforgettable moments from the world cup. These include varieties of categories such as the big stars disappointing, the fall of the 2006 finalists, the performance of African teams, the Vuvuzelas, but most importantly to list are these:

2. The goal that wasn't
Let's be clear. Soccer is a terribly difficult game to officiate. But by missing Frank Lampard's goal, the officials made FIFA's Luddite-like insistence on avoiding goal-line technology even more baffling. With Germany leading England 2-1 in their second-round match, a perfectly legitimate goal by England midfielder was ruled not to have crossed the goal line when television replays clearly showed otherwise. Given Germany's superb form in recording a 4-1 win, it's easy to think the game wouldn't have turned out differently, but no one can say for certain how Lampard's apparent equalizer would have affected things.
The incident made a mockery of the business adage that "There's no such thing as bad publicity," as FIFA's stance against goal cameras or additional officials became untenable. It seems a lock now that FIFA will adopt one of these measures before the next World Cup, which will come as small comfort to England fans.

4. FIFA's not-so-Masterpiece Theatre
Diving is bad enough, but the shameful theatrics of players such as Ivory Coast midfielder Kader Keita and Spain defender Joan Capdevila show that FIFA should take a good, hard look at suspending players who con referees into sending off opponents. Keita's falling to the ground in apparent agony after Brazil's Kaka raised his arm as the Ivorian ran into him was a complete and utter joke, one that saw Kaka ejected for his second yellow card. The same was true for Capdevila's reaction to alleged contact by Ricardo Costa that resulted in the Portuguese defender seeing red.
If FIFA began suspending players for such absurd behavior, it would disappear in a heartbeat.
These two causes put on the link towards video replay in football and it is really mesmerizing to see that the viewers actually get to see the replay in their televisions while the referees have no chance to see it at all. They are talking to someone, as I can presume from the headphone tied on their ears but what does not make any sense at all is who are they talking to and what are those people for? Thus, I am ambiguous about what is to happen in the world cup 2014 if video technology does not come up.

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