Soccer  > General Soccer  > France - Ireland, a grievous error begging redress
November 21, 2009, 11:02 AM
The replay clearly shows the foul, Thierry Henry, the perpetrator admits to it, and both sides see the obligation to guarantee fairness and sportsmanship. However FIFA doesn't see it that way. Filled with dinosaurs who richly reward themselves with millionaire salaries and fawning praise, they refuse to take the unprecedented, correct measure of righting this wrong.
July 5, 2010  11:12 AM ET

Well, look what happened to France at the world cup, it was so humiliating that it might have been better not to go the world cup at all!

July 7, 2010  12:38 PM ET

France had excellent players but a poor team. The essence is that Ireland won and should have been in SA. Poor officiating should not be tolerated or play a definitive role - especially to the degree we have witnessed at the WC. I believe it was SI's Jack McCallum who explained beautifully that a goal in soccer is very special in that there are so few and the many factors that occur simultaneously to permit a goal make soccer the unique sport that it is - well-written by Jack.

Therefore, it is totally unacceptable that a goal be disallowed or permitted based on a bad call. More than in any other sport, these officials are obliged to get it right, not to argue the old, impotent cliche "it is what it is".

July 7, 2010  02:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

France had excellent players but a poor team. The essence is that Ireland won and should have been in SA. Poor officiating should not be tolerated or play a definitive role - especially to the degree we have witnessed at the WC. I believe it was SI's Jack McCallum who explained beautifully that a goal in soccer is very special in that there are so few and the many factors that occur simultaneously to permit a goal make soccer the unique sport that it is - well-written by Jack.Therefore, it is totally unacceptable that a goal be disallowed or permitted based on a bad call. More than in any other sport, these officials are obliged to get it right, not to argue the old, impotent cliche "it is what it is".

while it is obvious and not a hard thing to side with, reality is... well... you are wrong.
Americans don't understand soccer or it's mentality... they are reluctant to change not just to avoid errors. but it would avoid many other things that they LIKE to have the option for.

Call it conspiracy theory, but if any wrong call could be reverted during the game, then those conspiracy theories would not be there, would they? :)

I think FIFA will not change. No matter how many will argue. Look at how many bad goals were awarded this world Cup. Look how many legal goals were called of without so much of an explanation...

Fifa does not want to change. there's nothing anyone can do about it. So it won't change.
As simple as this is...
...as DUMB as this might sound.
But as long as the people who are at the top of Fifa remains there, this will be a moot point.... the question is: Who can take them out? no one...

July 14, 2010  11:08 AM ET

Roni ................ Your point on the brick wall that is FIFA is well taken, but I remind you that just because something may seem improbable, it is never impossible. It would all depend on the continuing absence of remedial measures to bring fairness to the sport. The public, media and the associations would have to band together ..... improbable?, maybe ... impossible?, never! Also, if a governing body wants the lucrative market in the USA to climb aboard, there's going to have to be fairness and competency ..... we should expect no less.

You make a point about Americans not understanding the game. I tell you what they understand in every sport is that there is a winner and loser. The best may not always win, but they get there because there is a level playing field in the the conduct of the game. They will not be victims of conspiracy, bias, ineptitude etc.

With respect to the technical aspects of the game, I call your attention to a thread posted by a knowledgeable fan in November, "The MLS in 20 years". There is a good discussion and more people should opine because it is a vibrant subject and 20 years is close at hand.

July 15, 2010  12:54 AM ET

Was the call in the Ireland-France game not consistent with the refereeing that went in the the World Cup tournament itself? Face it, this is what soccer is...

 
August 16, 2010  11:39 AM ET

Sepp Blatter and his "cuates" are meeting true to their word after the instant replay issue blew up in their collective face. According to the press, there are two pressing issues on the agenda: 1) elimination of draws in WC activity 2) monitoring goal line action

#1 - Surprise, surprise, I agree with FIFA. I dislike shootouts, it turns the whole fray into a crap game. Go with the golden goal as in the NHL. It's very fair and more exciting.
#2 - Monitoring goal line action is FIFA-speak for instant replay. There should be IR within a fixed radius of the goal where an advantage can result in a score. Also IR should be used in an incident where a questionable call results in a player being ejected from the game.

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