Analysis by “The Hanging Judge”, Dr. Errol Sweeney:
World Cup Referee Coach and Mentor
France v Honduras
Switzerland v Ecuador
Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
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Switzerland-Ecuador Ravshan IRMATOV (UZB)
France- Honduras Ref: Sandro RICCI (BRA)
Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina; Ref: Joel AGUILAR (SLV)
Goal Line Technology (GLT) which has been talked about for years as a means to prove once and for all whether the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line between the uprights and under the cross bar, has finally been used in Rio at the World Cup 2014.
It came about in the France v Honduras game today (Sunday 15/06/2014). I put the date in deliberately because this is history in the making.
For those of you not lucky enough to watch this historic event, the ball was played in by Benzema of France, it hit the left hand upright and came back across the Honduran goal line where it was intercepted by the keeper. He did his best to stop it crossing the line but the GLT clicked in and displayed to the world that it had, in fact, crossed the line and a goal was awarded.
In fairness to the referee Mr Ricci from Brazil, he had already awarded the goal before it was confirmed on the big screen.
It was a rough and tumble journey for the French team with the Honduran players more interested in kicking and pushing than playing “the beautiful game.”
They ended up with 10 men but in truth if the referee had been doing his job according to the FIFA Laws of the Game Honduras could easily have ended this game with 8 players.
Another issue I would have with the match officials in this game is that the assistants (both of them) interfered too much in the decision making. As early as the 22nd minute the assistant on the near side put his flag up for a hand ball. The Law clearly states that the hand has to be moving towards the ball and not the other way. It was clear that the ball was moving towards the hand.
In the 2nd half the assistant on the far side was no more than 5 yards from a red card incident yet became very demonstrative in telling the players to “keep it down.” The referee also has to take some of the blame because he was no more than 20 yards from play and only awarded a free kick when he should have brandished a red card to the Honduran culprit.
In the earlier game, two good decisions by the referee with an excellent interpretation of the law on the issuing, or non-issuing of a yellow card.
In the first incident, he refused to allow an advantage as he deemed the foul to warrant a yellow card. This is 100% correct. The law says that if a referee has made up his mind to issue a yellow or red card, then he cannot allow an advantage.
In the 2nd incident in the second half, the referee did the exact opposite and allowed an advantage which resulted in Switzerland scoring what turned out to be the winning goal. Two excellent decisions.
In the final game of the day between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the referee Joel Aguilar from El Salvador had an excellent game I was most impressed by his coolness and calm demeanor when pressurized by certain players.
He never showed any signs of nerves and was, in my opinion, professionalism personified.
Incidentally, another feature of this World Cup is the use of a white spray to indicate whether players are 10 yards from the ball. Simple but effective.
Dr Errol Sweeney