World Cup Analysis: Did the dutch pull one over the referee against Brazil?

@ram_cv (16516)
India
July 2, 2010 12:46pm CST
I felt that the Dutch pulled one over the referee in the match against Brazil. Robben was more on the ground than on his feet during the whole match and he seemed to have the referee completely in his powers. Similarly Van Bommel kicked every Brazilian out of the park and escaped without a yellow card. Of course, Melo was rightly sent off for a stamp on Robben. But, did FIFA again goof up by putting rookie referee in charge of such a crucial match? Cheers! Ram
2 responses
2 Jul 10
I think that it is now a part of the match with players trying to con the referee by feining injury or diving. The sooner that this is removed from the game the better.
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@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Jul 10
Yes, and FIFA has to take a lot of blame for this by fielding a rookie referee for such a high profile match. I am just hoping we do not have another rookie in Germany vs. Argentina match as that would be a highly charged match!! Cheers! Ram
@sjlskl (3384)
• Singapore
2 Jul 10
Melo definitely deserved to be red-carded. While Van Bommel deserved at least a yellow, Brazil is not saint themselves. Van Bommel kicked almost every Brazilian players, most of the Brazilian players kicked Robben. I thought the referee did rather well.
@ram_cv (16516)
• India
2 Jul 10
I agree on the Melo front. But I think Robben over did the falling over trick and the referee fell for it all the time!! Also, yes Van Bommel deserved at least one booking!! Cheers! Ram