USA Robbed at World Cup

by Ryan on June 19, 2010

in International Relations,Sports

It’s been a tough week for sports in my world.  The Celtics…ugh.  It’s not that they lost a close Game 7 of the NBA Finals — it’s that they lost to the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals!  I don’t want to talk about it.

In other news, the buzz around work is that the USA has a decent team in the FIFA World Cup.  Our team went into the yesterday’s game against Slovenia having tied England last week 1-1 with a miracle slip by England’s goalie.

After going down 2-0 in the first half, the USA scored a quick 2nd-half goal, then tied it near the end of the game.  Still fired-up and full of momentum, this particular scene occurred:

Huh?!  Offsides?  Maybe.  No penalty kick for a USA player being held in front of the referee’s face?  B@&%$#*t!  OK, take the goal back, but at least give us the chance at a clearly deserved penalty kick!

In case you were wondering, World Cup referees don’t use instant replay and are under no obligation by rule to explain any of their decisions.  I can see the point about lacking instant replay, but a ref should be obliged to explain his decisions.  As a result in the World Cup, the refs are gods for 90-minutes on that field.  Well, those soccer gods robbed the USA the opportunity for a 3-2 win and one of the biggest comebacks in World Cup history.

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