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U.S. World Cup match ruined by ref

Original post made by soccer fan, University South, on Jun 17, 2006

It turns out the referee for the U.S. vs Italy World Cup match was suspended after the 1998 World Cup and was barred from refereeing in 2002 for "corruption."
He completely ruined the U.S./Italy game, ejecting three players and leaving the U.S. with only 8 field players and Italy with 9 for most of the second half. While these ejections came from fouls, only the Italian player deserved ejection...for punching McBride. A good referee would have done everything possible to avoid ejections in a game this important...like talking with the players involved. This guy was a joke.
Any other comments on World Cup?

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Posted by Giraffe
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2006 at 10:09 am

Don't know much about soccer but that ref looked like a joke to me too.
Some of the red flags for were for things that didn't even look like fouls to my uneducated eye. And is he the guy that disallowed the goal by Italy? That looked like a wrong call too.


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Posted by Hee-Haw
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jun 18, 2006 at 10:55 am

The reason the goal was disallowed was because the player who shot it in was clearly off-side.


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Posted by S
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 18, 2006 at 1:04 pm

well its good thqat yur uneducated eye can see that those red cards wasnt right.....but that goal that was tooken away becuz the guy was clearly offsides and yur uneducated eye would never see that..so leave it to people who r educated to see if the game if fair or not.


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Posted by Soccer Fan
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Early in the game, one of the Italian players made a slide tackle from behind. This should have been an automatic red card, but was not. When the U.S. had a player ejected for a slide tackle from the side, it was clear that it was a foul, but did not justify a card. The player was going for the ball, was positioned in front of the Italian player, and (I couldn't tell from the replay) he may have even touched the ball before making contact. Regardless, this shows unequal treatment from the ref.

Later, I saw a handball in the penalty area by the Italians that was not called. This was very clear.

I also saw a foul with a clear goal scoring opportunity that should have resulted in a red card per Law 12, but did not.

I watched the game in a bar at NY Kennedy with tons of Italians. They argued with me about everything and I argued back on all points. It was fun. I've played at a high level, was a HS ref, and coach youth soccer. I could quote the soccer laws and they didn't have a clue. It was infuriating for them to see a U.S. team taking it to their national team. It was unerving for them to encounter U.S. fans as spirited, vocal, and knowledgeable as they were.

The bottom line is none of this will matter if we beat Ghana and advance.

At least we didn't get screwed as badly as the French against Korea.

Face it, we will never get equal treatment in international play. But, watching the kids coming up through select (traveling) and ODP, it's not going to matter. These kids are amazing. The next cup, or maybe the one after, will see us become the dominate power for the duration. As it stands, we just showed that nine Americans can match or even outplay ten Italians. We will dominate.


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Posted by Soccer Fan
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 2:53 pm

From Web Link
"Two minutes into the second half, U.S. defender Eddie Pope got his second yellow card of the game for a tackle in which he got the ball first, but still took down an Italian."

If Pope got the ball first (jeers to ABC for blowing the replay), that's no foul. Period.


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Posted by JM
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 4:16 pm

US tactics were to foul ther way through the game. They simply could not even try to play football against this team. US tried that against Czechs look what happened 0 -3 Italy are a notch up from them !!

The referee was right to send all 3 playefs off a draw will not be good enough as i fancy Ghana to win easily arriverderchi US.


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Posted by Soccer Fan 2
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 5:34 pm

Italy showed the only way they will win a cup is by buying the ref. If they are lucky enough to play Brazil they will be crushed 4-0, with an honest ref.

Would be great to see the Czechs beat Italy 4-0, but the Czech team that played Ghana and will play Italy is a different team than the one with Koller that scored 2 goals on the US in the 1st half.


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Posted by Bradford Taylor
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2006 at 9:26 pm

US tactics were to foul ther way through the game. They simply could not even try to play football against this team. US tried that against Czechs look what happened 0 -3 Italy are a notch up from them !!

The referee was right to send all 3 playefs off a draw will not be good enough as i fancy Ghana to win easily arriverderchi US.
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That's interesting. The game I saw the US was dominating the Americans up until they tried to knock out our striker.


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Posted by dwdwdw
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jun 18, 2006 at 9:35 pm

if you think Fifa was going to let the americans bully an european soccer team on european soil, you are a little silly. it's soccer. it's europe. maybe you don't know that Fifa is headquartered in europe...or probably what fifa stands for. homecourt matters in the NBA and all kinds of american sports, and it matters in world cup soccer too.


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Posted by marianna
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 10:37 pm

ID LIKE TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THE US TEAM ONLY KNEW HOW TO BE TOUGH WITH ITALY I BET THEY WILL NOT BEAT GHANA ON THURSDAY.USA IS GOING HOME.....AND TO THE PERSON WHO THINKS AND HOPES ITALY WILL LOSE 4-0 ON THURSDAY KEEP DREAMING.
FORZA ITALIA CHE VINCERA LA COPA DEL MONDO SI PORTERA!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by Stephen Smith
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2006 at 1:16 am

So if you were Uruguayan you'd be able to calm the players down in Italian? The referee can probably speak English, but then you'd complain that he was only talking to the American players, disadvantaging the Italians.

Here's a wacky thought. What about the PLAYERS realising the importance of the game and behaving themselves? If people know now that the referee was suspanded in 2002, they could have found out before the game and acted accordingly.


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Posted by Soccer enthusiast
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2006 at 6:07 am

The whole US soccer team should have been shown a red card for their shameful, amateur play. This was the worst display of soccer I have ever seen. The US players were only tackling the Italians and never winning the ball. Their tactic was too disrupt the smooth flowing play of the Italians by using cheap shots. This is what happens when a team of inferior skill meets a team like Italy. Granted, the elbow by DeRossi was uncalled for, but I can only imagine his frustration at continually being tripped up by the American hacks. The US should forget about playing the beautiful game and stick with American Football, since they obviously do not know the difference!


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Posted by Fair Playa
a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2006 at 1:03 pm

Anyone who can say that the Americans played fairly was obviously watching from another planet. All they did was stop what could've been a good game every five minutes. They played dirty and should get off their high horse. This is not war it's soccer and if they cant even be fair in what is known as the BEAUTIFUL game, then they don't deserve to be part of it. They should stick to basketball and baseball and leave soccer to people who know how to play fairly.

FORZA ITALIA!!!


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Posted by Code
a resident of University South
on Jun 19, 2006 at 4:03 pm

The Red Card for De Rossi was warranted. The slide tackle by Mastroneni was also warranted. Anyone who plays the game knows that a doube footed slide tackle studs up is just as dirty as an elbow to the face. Pope's second yellow was also deserved. Yes the referee did miss some calls but his expulsions and cautions were correct.


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Posted by Holly
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2006 at 12:16 pm

Do those players get to play the next game?


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Posted by coco
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2006 at 2:38 pm

no. if you get a red game you have to sit the next match out.


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