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World Cup Controversy

 

After a very successful World Cup that proved to the majority of the world that South Africa can host the largest single sporting event in the world, many people have been pleased. However there are some people who may have some problems with some events that occurred.

 

I will keep this short since I’m pretty sure the last thing you all want to read is some 16-year-old ranting about "blown calls" and controversy.

 

The first main topic is the Frank Lampard no goal vs. Germany in the first round of the knockout stage. England had just scored their first goal and was down 2-1, he fired an excellent shot at the net which proceeded to hit the cross bar and land over the line. The ball then came out of the net and play continued. The refs didn’t know what happened, they just assumed that the ball didn’t cross the line. this is the prime example from the World Cup on why they need video replay. Should that have counted and made it 2-2, no intention of offending German’s or their team, that game could have had a way different outcome than 4-1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1cFIxMmv78&feature=related (Here is the video)

 

The next semi-controversial topic is when Uruguay’s Suarez blocked a sure goal in the 120th minute with his hand. This gave Ghana a penalty kick. However the Ghana player kicked the ball right off the crossbar, sending the game to penalty kicks. However Ghana lost in penalties after a cheeky chip shot by Uruguay. Many people felt that Ghana should have moved on because of the sure to be goal that got stopped with a handball. to bad fans can’t vote on who moves on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUWZuioV_DY&feature=fvw

 

The final one, you may have missed during the finals. Netherlands had a free kick close to the Spanish net around the 117th minute. The ball ricocheted off a Spanish player and went out of bounds which should have resulted in a corner kick for the Dutch. Unfortunately for them the ref felt as though the ball went off a Dutch player so he gave a goal kick to Spain. No more than 90 seconds later Spain score the winning goal. The Dutch players were irate with this call and one of them even received a yellow card for arguing and the things he said.

 

To some this may have been just minor things but these reasons just reinforce the fact that FIFA is in need of instant replay.

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