2. The goal that wasn'tThese 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.
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.
Previously published in Chotto Mind's Blog