Fifa mum on refereeing decisions

2010-06-28 11:04

Two controversial refereeing decisions took centre stage at Fifa’s

daily media briefing at Soccer City today.

Fifa spokesperson Nicolas Maingot fielded question after question

on the two decisions, one relating to England and the other to Argentina, but

came back with the same answer each time.

“Fifa does not comment on referee decisions,” he said.

England was denied a goal in its clash against Germany on


Midfielder Frank Lampard’s goal clearly crossed the goal line, but

the referee did not award the goal.

The English went on to lose the match 4-1.

The other decision under scrutiny was the first goal scored in the

match between Mexico and Argentina.

Argentinian player Carlos Tevez was clearly offside, but the goal

stood and the Argentinians trounced Mexico 3-1.

The British media today pressed Maingot for answers, describing the

decisions as an embarrassment to Fifa.

However, Maingot repeated: “Neither Jermaine nor I have the

competence to speak on refereeing decisions.”

He was referring to Local Organising Committee spokesperson

Jermaine Craig, who also addressed the media briefing.

“Again, when it comes to refereeing decisions, we don’t comment on

those,” said Maingot.

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