Referees learning English swear words

2010-06-10 13:00

The Brazilian referee and his assistants who will take charge of

the England-USA match at the World Cup have been studying English language

obscenities the players might use.

Carlos Simon will referee Saturday’s match at the Royal Bafokeng

Stadium in Phokeng, Rustenburg, assisted by countrymen Roberto Braatz and

Altemir Hausmann, and wants to ensure players can’t get away with abuse.

“We have to learn what kind of words the players say,” Hausmann

told Brazilian broadcaster Globo Sport. “All players swear and we know we will

hear a few.”

Braatz said they aren’t learning them in “11 different languages

but at least we have to know the swear words in English”.

Fifa denied reports that match officials have been given lists of

swear words to listen out for, but did say proficiency in English was a

requirement for referees and assistants working at the World Cup.

In addition, refereeing officials had briefed all teams in the

lead-up to the tournament about the rules, including the potential for players

to be cautioned or sent off for abusive language or gestures.

“There should not be any surprises to any members of the teams,”

Fifa spokesperson Alex Stone said.

Stone said there was no requirement for referees to know

obscenities in languages other than English.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United striker, was booked during

England’s warm-up match against South African side Platinum Stars on Monday for

swearing at the referee.

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