Controversial goal France vs Ireland. What is happening to the game of soccer?
November 19, 2009 4:14am CST
The latest controversial involving bad refereeing hits the World Cup. France won the playoff with a highly controversial goal. Many, including me, are left fuming, because it is almost like cheating in a way. All these controversy with dubious goals and fouls, what is happening to soccer??
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19 Nov 09
It was an absurdly unfair goal. I was watching the game - supporting the Republic of Ireland, obviously - and I saw straight away that it was handball. To be fair, I think the referee and the linesman were unsighted by the defender and goalie respectively; also, I think the officials had a very good game... Apart from the one decision that sent France to the World Cup ahead of Ireland! This is the clearest possible signal that video replays should be introduced into professional football - if only for the big decisions. Outrageous.
19 Nov 09
Yes, outrageous indeed! I really don't understand why video replays are not introduced to soccer. We are know soccer is a fast paced game, and refrees aren't superman. They are running about constantly and may not see crucial moments that may happen for a split second. They are not making use of advance technology that will surely solve the problem. What on earth is FIFA thinking?
20 Nov 09
it's really handsball made by Thierry Henry it's not only once, but twice france is become a bad team since coached by domenech and i really have no idea why france still keep him i hope france will have a very bad result in world cup 2010 next year
20 Nov 09
I will not blame Henry for the act that he has done in the match against Ireland... it is the job of the referee and the linesman... and if anyone can do some act which even these people can point, well done... This is unfortunate for Ireland that this decision has come at this stage where this match has cost them the world cup ticket... the use of technology is not a good idea in soccer as it is a very fast paced game and using technology will reduce the pace and the entertainment quotient... Even players act to get a foul... so if that is fair, even this is...
19 Nov 09
It was clear hand ball and I must say that the linesman really needs to be kicked on the backside for not catching it. It cost Ireland a spot in the World Cup and earned France a lucky ticket to South Africa. I think overall Ireland were the better team over the two legs. Naivety cost them the first match and the referee cost them the second match. Cheers! Ram
21 Nov 09
stormragetz, I suppose this is what is making this game ever so interesting and unpredictable. Since the birth of this game, the conduct of all their international games have been dogged by controversies and yet the international ruling body FIFA is hesitant with progressing in the area of refereeing. I do agree with you that it is very sad to see Ireland going out like that and I just cannot help feeling the same disappointment when England was knocked out in the 1986 World Cup Quarter Finals by Argentina, who dealt England with that "Hand of God" goal by Maradona. Although, the French captain had admitted his handling of the ball, I cannot help but say that the referee's decision is final and that there will not be a re-match at all. I suppose there's nothing we can do to change the outcome of this match. I wonder when FIFA will be catching up with the electronic eye technology to be implemented into the game but I just hope it to be soon, since it is starting with catching "divers". Ireland is just a victim of circumstances today but let's hope all will be better for the future of the game. Have a nice day.