Posted by Brad @ 9:44 am on June 28th 2010

FIFA Finally Gets Serious About Oversight of its Officiating

By disallowing it.

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.”

3 Comments »

  1. I don’t want technofixes but the suggestion for goal-judges is a good one. And if htey do make a mistake, it probably is a good idea to reduce replays just to avoid over-reactions.

    Comment by Jerrod — 6/28/2010 @ 10:45 pm

  2. I’m pretty sure Major League Baseball also prohibits in-stadium replays of close calls.

    Comment by Rojas — 6/29/2010 @ 12:12 am

  3. I believe they can show the replays, but the umpires are not allowed to use them to help make the call (if they’re still deliberating).

    Comment by Redland Jack — 6/29/2010 @ 9:19 pm

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