Suspended judge | Ref in hot water on “dubious” penalty
In all fairness to Maguette N’Diaye, he was no more than 10 meters from the incident and was perfectly placed to witness any indiscretion from the South African player. Photo: Getty Images
I could start this column by changing the wording of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill when he said during World War II: “Never in the realm of human conflict has so much been owed by so much to so little. “
Let me try another way and say: “
Never in the sport of association football [soccer] has been blamed on so little by so many people.
Are you OK? I’m talking about the match officials who carry the weight and the anger of players, managers, coaches, fans and sometimes even the media.
I must also clarify at this point, lest it be forgotten, that Law 5 of the Laws of the Game of Fifa clearly states: of the match are final.
He goes on to say:
The referee cannot change a decision upon realizing it is incorrect, or on the advice of another match official if play has resumed or if the referee has signaled the end of the first or second half. -time [including extra time] and left the field of play or ended the match.
Clearly, the referee’s decision is final!
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I don’t want to get too bogged down in this controversy as I didn’t see the whole controversial Ghana game against Bafana last Sunday.
There is already a protest filed with Fifa and CAF by Safa. It would be unfair of me to condemn, or even criticize, the match official for the reasons already mentioned.
Suffice it to say that from the short, rather fuzzy video clip that appeared on social media and was subsequently sent to me by various media outlets, it seemed like a very mild penalty being inflicted on Ghana.
In all fairness to the referee, he was no more than 10 yards from the incident and was perfectly placed to witness any indiscretion from the South African player. And also in all honesty, the referee did not hesitate to award the penalty.
So, one has to assume that he saw an infraction which justified a penalty.
Okay, let’s try to analyze what happened. In my opinion, there are two possible scenarios.
First, was the Ghanaian player pushed, albeit slightly, in the back by the South African player?
Second, did the South African player pull on the Ghanaian player’s jersey?
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I also watched a video clip of former PSL and Fifa Ace Ncobo referee on SuperSport this week. Ncobo said he identified at least 45 decisions in the first half and classified them as correct and incorrect.
This is grossly unfair on Ncobo’s part and I hope he doesn’t perform in front of his home crowd.
I remember our national team, the Republic of Ireland, were also eliminated in the World Cup qualifiers by France when Thierry Henry manipulated the ball in our penalty area to control it and passed it to a teammate who scored.
It was the winning goal, which means France went to the 2010 World Cup final here in South Africa and we lost.
The sickest thing is that Henry had the audacity to come and apologize to our players at the final whistle.
Why didn’t he confess his guilt to the referee?
The Football Association of Ireland also appealed to Fifa, giving unambiguous video footage showing the incident.
Fifa rejected him because at the time there was no video assistant referee and therefore the video footage was inadmissible.
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Safa’s only chance to see her complaint succeed is to prove that the referee deliberately manipulated the outcome of the match, as was the case in the 2016 game against Senegal.
Otherwise, as mentioned earlier, the referee’s decision is final!
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