Refereeing Standards Come Under Scrutiny at 2010 World CupThe June 23, 2010, By Rodney Eriksen
The refereeing standard at the World Cup this year is inevitably coming under scrutiny, with some controversial claims that some referees are not up to the challenge of refereeing. ;
Being a referee on the world’s biggest stage may be anyone’s dream come true, but it is also a thankless task, with players, fans and coaches free to lash out without the officials having any option of answering back. This year, FIFA appointed 30 referees from 28 countries for the tournament, and many have been praised for both their fitness, and for keeping their cards in their pockets. However, despite all this, some decisions have been sorely questioned.
One of the most high profile clashes between team and referee came when Mali's Koman Coulibaly disallowed Maurice Edu’s goal for the United States, denyting them a vital win, and sparking an outcry in the United States.
Meanwhile, South African coach Carlos Parreira, blasted the Swiss referee Massimo Busacca for reducing his team to ten men in their crushing 3-0 loss to Uruguay that destroyed any dream of World Cup advancement. "He is the worst referee in this competition," Parreira said. "I hope we don't see his face again in any game anymore. He probably does not deserve to be here."
On Monday, Swizterland defender Stephane Grichting attacked Saudi referee Khalil Al Ghamdi who was in charge of their 1-0 defeat against Chile, which saw nine bookings and a sending off.
However, the head of refereeing at FIFA said that although he was satisfied overall with the judging in this World Cup, mistakes were bound to happen. Referees; of course, are human, and are bound to err, which brings up the question whether cameras should be used in official capacity. FIFA president Sepp Blatter has previously spoken out against the use of cameras, arguing that they would interrupt the flow of the game, although he appears to have softened his stance