14 responses

  1. walter


    I think the answer you have given is the correct one. Suspending a ref is not something that any football association will do lightly. Usually any FA will support the ref against attacks. But in this case it looks that there was something strange going on. So he must have made some very strange decisions. I never have heard about any FA suspending one of his referee’s for making a lot of bad mistakes.
    What happens sometimes is like we have seen in Belgium a few months ago when a ref who was doing one of his first games committed a lot of realy bad errors. Were it his nerves, was he incompetent (because of the we all knows eachoter promotion system) or was he a secret fan of the team he gave the advantage? After that game our FA decided to send him back for some time to the lower leagues to give him a mental break. This is a more likely kind of punishment.
    But a Fifa ref that has done world cups before and then being suspended by his own federation and then he still goes to the world cup???? This is realy amazing and like you say: this is the guy you want to have something done.

  2. Gooneraside

    Tony and Walter

    Is it really possible to prevent any of this alleged (and often proven) corruption?

    For every bad lad (I could come up with a better description) who is caught and removed, there appears a new one.

    Maybe the devil you know…

  3. mike

    this referee is an asshole, he had a smug smile on his face when sending off swedish player teddy lucic against germany WC 2006. Teddy Lucic comitted two fouls that game and was sent off he should have had a yellow at most

  4. nicky

    My forecast is that Rooney will get a red before England exit from the World Cup. A combination of South African heat, the pressure of each game and “hearing aids” worn by ultra sensitive referees will respond to the red mist. I hope I’m wrong but L don’t think so.

  5. walter


    about your question can you send a player off I was starting to write an answer but it is almost longer than your article and I’m not even halfway. So I was thinking that I could put it in an article so that we all know how the instructions are and what to do.

  6. 0.9 Calibre

    Funny thing about the altitude! Why did england train in the Austrian terrains where the altitudes were lower than the ones in SA? Dont sportsmen train at higher altitudes to work their lungs out before a competition?

  7. Gf60

    @Nicky. It’s a bit Pearl Harbourish here at the moment. Our winter (much about the same as your average English summer day!) does get a bit chilly when the sun goes down. It’s about 18 degrees here (Durban)at the moment, colder in Joburg. Mind you, nice weather forecast for the weekend…bar Cape Town where winter is cold and wet anyway…and we expect +-28 degrees high, 15 low.
    If anything gets to Rooney, it’s more likely to be altitude when they play in and around Jhb… not to mention the efforts of “a crook, a scoundrel and a shameless bastard,” (Walter, sorry, but aren’t they all?)

  8. Perry Grove

    Rooney couldn’t possibly know how to say “A crook, a scoundrel and a shameless bastard”. It doesn’t start with “y’know” and it contains words with more than one syllable.

  9. WalterBroeckx

    GF60, we are… we are… 😉

  10. Tony

    There’s more to this altitude thing that meets the eye, or the lungs.

    I’ve got some interesting data on it, and will try and get it written up today.


  11. gfd

    thanks for the tip, im taking usa for this game.

  12. don’t believe the hype

    England will be one of FIFA’s favoured teams in the competition because of the size of the TV audience in the UK. If anyone is assisted, by this ‘crook, scoundrel and shameless bastard’ in this game it will not be the US.

    Perry Grove, the leniency of the refs in the UK have not done ‘wazza’ any favours. If he was punished for his regular outbursts as he should have been, he would have learned his boundaries and developed the ability to control himself better. I will be amazed if he gets through this WC without a red or at the least so many yellows that he has to miss a key game.

  13. RedGooner

    The problem is how the fifa board are nominated.
    There should be votes by all clubs in europes top leagues yearly 1 vote each and when fifa are allowing crap to go on we could get the likes of blatter and platini voted out for failure to clean the game up …when they are answerable to no one this crap will always continue and the way its set up right now looks as if they are answerable to no one.

  14. Rhys Jaggar

    Can’t blame the ref for last night’s crap.

    Did Rob Green seeing paper gossip about him being an Arsenal target make him do a Fabianski audition??

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