FIFA claims that they are ‘powerless to punish the 1998 World Cup winning striker because their rules forbade them to take action if the original misdemeanor was not seen by the match officials.’

For an organization that may demand around $100million dollars of broadcasting rights from any country for the coming World Cup in South Africa, it really is indeed a fiasco to be deemed ‘powerless’ under such circumstances. The truth is that, this sort of controversy will never be happening only if FIFA adopted what so a great many other professional sports has adopted, that is utilize video replay technology to aid their soccer referees to referee their games. Only the highest rungs in FIFA and God will know very well what is keeping the most populous game adopting technology to improve the game.

Many traditional critics argue that refereeing in soccer should remain status quo, so the human error aspects of the overall game remain within the game. At the very top, FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, is a strong opponent to using any technology to aid the soccer referee. In this modern day, traditional people like Blatter ought to be replaced to go the sports forward.

In truth, FIFA can be held responsible for all your refereeing controversies that has ensue during the last century. Things got worse in the last 2 decades after instant video replay technology allow television to broadcast all poor refereeing decisions immediately to the world to see. How will you blame managers, players and fans from becoming enraged if they see a legitimate penalty been denied by soccer referees? Or a poor offside decision by the soccer referee that resulted in the eventual game winner? Worse, each one of these refereeing decisions has led to real cases of life and death, when referees who made crucial mistakes received death threats and are forced retire.

Remember Anders Frisk, the soccer referee from Sweden in 2005 following the contentious match between Barcelona and Chelsea in the Champions League? He was forced to give up after some poor decisions made that caused Chelsea to reduce the eventual tie. In his own words, ”it’s not worth carrying on….My safety and the safety of my family goes let me give you. These last few weeks have already been the worst of my life.” Soccer lost a very good referee that day. Can we blame him? Or the Jose Morinho who led that publicity assault against his poor performance? FIFA has got to take a significant part of the responsibility as well.

The scary thing is that this type of anti-referee stuff can be taking shape at the youngest age ranges. Refereeing resources already are tight, and at the lowest and youngest level of competitive soccer, young players and managers may also be learning from what they see on television to openly challenge the soccer referee’s decisions and cause disputes. It is becoming acceptable to lambaste the referee whether he made the right or wrong call, based on which side you supported. This does not speak well of the overall game. Which kind of sportsman ship are we teaching our youths? Which kind of refereeing standards do hopefully to improve if the soccer referees’ job continue to be the loneliest one in the world?

FIFA will always support the soccer referee’s decision, right or wrong. But this type of backing will not offer practice support for referees at all levels. What referees need is an understanding from all that they are human and that they can make mistakes. If these mistakes can be rectified at the right time in a match through technology and appeals, the footballing crowds will not become overzealous in condemning poor refereeing standards. Technology allows that to be done, but sadly, authority will not. Awaken FIFA, before someone really gets killed due to a poor refereeing decision. 해외축구중계 will not arrived at that stage. Football is really a beautiful game after all.

Jimmy Tong has been a Physical Educator for 13 Years in Singapore, with degree in sports science and physical education from Loughborough University in UK. He’s got extensive coaching experience in soccer, floorball and rugby teams in Singapore Schools.He is currently a sports development officer in Singapore schools together with a dynamic contributor of sports training articles to improve sports performance in athletes. He hopes make it possible for people’s success to come by inspiring them with true sports motivational and inspirational stories.



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