Posts Tagged ‘World Cup’

Kuipers’ Ring Finger

Posted: May 27, 2015 by larbitre in Football
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To borrow some words from Beyonce,

Let’s play a game.

Spot the differences between the two photos below (other than the deterioration in quality).

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The votes are in…and my predictions have been washed under the bridge.  Clearly I only THINK I know what I’m talking about. lol

FIFA Officials: Rizzoli to Referee World Cup Final

(courtesy of ABC News)

Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, according to FIFA officials.

With a European and South American team playing, many had expected FIFA to (more…)

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I guess you’re all thinking that this is going to be a post about my predictions for this years WC Champion.  Will it be Germany, or will it be Argentina?  Well…you’re wrong!!!  I’m going to give you my thoughts on who I think will be the ultimate winner and referee the final!!!

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Preface – If you don’t already know, I am an Italy supporter (as well as Portugal) however, you might find my opinion in this post rather surprising and contradictory.  I am, in fact a referee first and when it comes down to FIFA Law vs. National Pride…Law always wins!

After the embarrassment of Italy’s departure from this World Cup, I had some discussions with colleagues and my parents (my father to be exact) about the severity of Marchisio’s tackle that ultimately got him sent off in their last match against Uruguay.  The discussions revolved around how everyone thought it was a soft dismissal and Marchisio should have only got a caution for his actions.  Everyone blamed Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez for causing Italy to play short for 2/3 of the match, and then not dismissing Suarez for his cannibalism against Giorgio Chiellini.  However, after watching the replays over 100 times and looking at still shots of the incident (and my father is going to kill me for this), I agree with the Mexican official and I think that Rodrigues was CORRECT in sending off Marchisio. (more…)