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Horrible call!

Germany leads England 2-1 at halftime, but it SHOULD be 2-2. Frank Lampard's goal was clearly good, but Uruguayan ref Jorge Larrionda didn't count it. Horrible call.

Just back from the US team training camo, where Bob Bradley gave his final thoughts..stay tuned..Will post some of his quotes soon.


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"Horrible Call" and "Jorge Larrionda" seem to intersect far too often.

This was not the center referee's call. Blame the assistant, he is the one who can call this, but he was up the line not on it. If you are going to blame anyone - blame FIFA, they are more concerned about making $$$ than the integrity of the game. Let's see, something like this happened in 1966 and they now have technology to address this problem, but Sepp and the gang care more about 20 women wearing and unauthorized logo into a stadium than they are about counting a possible goal!

The rules give the referee control of the game, the linesman is responsible for indicating on- or offside but the last call is the referee's. Now, you raise a more serious issue about FIFA's own potential misconduct in favoring certain teams over others. I can't make any legitimate judgment on that. I can only address what I saw.

You raise -- vaguely -- Geoff Hurst's goal in the 1966 World Cup. Unlike the case of Lampard, this English player's goal was allowed after the referee consulted with linesman as allowed by the rules. There was no review or consultation following Lampard's goal.

As a former assistant referee, this is the assistant's call - he is supposed to support the center making this call, but on a play that happens so quickly, there is no way he can be on the goal line to make that call. We don't know what consultation went on via the headsets.

And I was not making any comment about FIFA favoring one team over another, I was commenting on the fact that FIFA could do a lot of things to avoid such a situation happening in any game at this level and they don't. But they go bonkers over guerilla advertising appearing in the stands. The integrity of the game doesn't matter as much to FIFA as the dollars they make from the sponsors. THAT was the point I was making!!

I agree in part and disagree in part with you. First, agreement: FIFA is playing favorites. I disagree. From The Laws of Football:

Decisions of the referee
The decisions of the referee regarding facts connected with play, including
whether or not a goal is scored and the result of the match, are fi nal.
The referee may only change a decision on realising that it is incorrect or, at his
discretion, on the advice of an assistant referee or the fourth offi cial, provided
that he has not restarted play or terminated the match.

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