The much awaited Fifa world cup has started and as usual Brazil is alive with fans from all over the world meaning thereby that controversies are a given. When some game is under the scrutiny of such a huge crowd, it is inevitable that some of the decision of the referees would be considered quite controversial and it has always been this way whether we are talking about cricket or football or basketball. This article is going to throw some light on ten controversial Fifa World Cup decisions.
10. Decision by Yuichi Nishimura
The Fifa world cup was only one game down when we came across the first controversial decision of this world cup 2014. The decision given that is under scrutiny was that given by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura during the match between Brazil and Croatia in which the referee awarded a penalty. The penalty was awarded against Croatia and the Croatian coach has but one thing to say, “This is robbery”. According to the losing teams coach, the referee only made a circus out of the world cup which is a sorry state of affairs.
9. Geoff Hurst’s Dubious Goal 1966
Next on our list of controversial decision in Fifa world cup we have the decision from the world held in the year 1966. This decision was in the favour of England and even to this date, there has been constant and continued scrutiny of the shot by Geoff Hurst that managed to clatter off the underside of the bar. People have wondered what would have happened if this particular decision was not in the favour of England which would have meant no hatrick for Geoff but then this is what the world cup is; anticipation, wonder, excitement and sometimes controversy.
8. The Hand of God
Next up on our list of controversial decision in Fifa world cup we have the most famous and known to be one of the most unjust decisions ever made in football history. This decision is famously known as the hand of God (although to some this might sound preposterous) and it was this decision that is responsible for the still-continuing tension between Argentina and England. We are talking about one of the semifinals from the year 1986 and the player Maradona especially. The opening goal by Maradona was literally punched in and the referee in question, Ali Bin Nasser stood quietly as the players from England seethed in anger and the Argentinians jumped with joy. It was this particular goal and win that secured Argentine a place in the finals and robbed England of yet another chance at a triumph that would be identical to the one they had twenty years ago.
7. Three Card Trick – World Cup 2006
Next up on our list of controversial decisions in Fifa world cup we have one from the matches held in the year 2006. The referee in question, Graham Poll, is a celebrated football referee but by the time the game between Australia and Croatia ended, the referee has pretty much decided, out of sheer humiliation, that he will never return to international football again. What happened was that the referee admitted to giving a wrong yellow card to an Australian player Craig Moore and for practically forgetting that a player cannot come back after two yellow cards. In the world of football, that is quite a mistake given that one is a referee. Graham Poll was so humiliated that he left the international scene after the game and never came back.
6. The Decision by Gamal Al-Ghandour in the World Cup of 2002
Next on our list of controversial Fifa World Cup decisions we have the one made by the famous Egyptian referee Gamal Al-Ghandour in the world cup game between Korea (the hosts) and Spain. Although he was a well reputed referee but he to do justice to the Spanish and many say that was due to the influence of the gazillion Korean spectators that were present in the field. Koreans were the hosts but if it weren’t for controversial games, they would have been knocked out of the tournament in the initial stages but they made it to the semi-finals. The decision under question is the one made during the quarter-finals when more than twice, a goal by the Spanish was disallowed by Gamal and the whole debacle resulted in a win for the Koreans. It was miracle at the behest of the Spanish being robbed.
5. Charles Grover and World Cup 1982
The next decision on our list is from the World Cup in Spain in the year 1982 when a German goalkeeper by the name of Harald Schumacher literally attacked another player instead of tackling him but did not get a penalty. The referee in question was standing 50 yards away and with no help from the linesman, was unable to give a red card to the goal keeper. What really infuriated the French team was the fact that Germans went on to the finals without the penalty there by making this one of the most highly controversial decisions ever.
4. Jorge Larrionda – World Cup 2010, South Africa
The next injustice, the next controversial decision on our list of controversial Fifa World Cup decisions we have the one that made it mandatory to have a goal line technology introduced or at least made evident the need for such a technology. We are talking about the elimination match between Germany and England in which England were at a severe disadvantage because the linesman had not seen the ball cross the line and the referee Jorge Larrionda to play on ended what would have been England’s year.
3. Luis Medina Cantalejo
The next decision that became a total controversy took place in the world cup of the year 2006 in a match between Australia and Italy. The referee was Luis Medina Cantalejo and he was the one who awarded a penalty to Australia’s player resulting in a win for the Italian team. The penalty was based on a tackle in which most of the contact, if any, was made by the Italian player in fact and as displayed by the replays later but what was done was done.
2. Clive Thomas and the World Cup of 1978
Next on our list of controversial Fifa World Cup decisions we have the one by referee Clive Thomas. The match under question was between Brazil and Sweden and at the moment of the controversial decision by the referee, Brazilian player Zico was headed for the winning goal (the match was tied at 1-1) but the whistle for full-time was blown robbing Brazil of their victory. It was a shocking and sad moment although the referee has done nothing that wasn’t by the book.
1. The Flying Dutchmen
We know that the title reminds you of the Pirates of the Caribbean but we are talking about football here and of controversial decisions. For our last entry on the list of controversial Fifa World Cup decisions, we will be referring to the World Cup of 2010 again but this time it’s the final match between Holland and Spain. Although the referee had given 14 yellow cards and a red one to a game gone bloody, he completely missed a ferocious tackle by Nigel de Jong. He only managed to give the player a yellow card making it another negatively celebrated controversial decision in football history. After living through a nightmare of a match, the referee left the field under heavy disapproval and yelling from the crowd.