None of us can support ZZ. He did what he did and the whole world saw it. It was indefensible no matter what words may have been sent his way.quote:Originally posted by Paddy
I was wondering during the game, due to the delay in ZZ being sent off, if one of the off field officials (4th or 5th) used a video replay. The linesman said almost nothing to the ref when he came over to talk to him and certainly didn’t have time to explain what, if anything, he had seen.
If this is true then it is completely hypocritical, and unjust under FIFA's own rules (e.g. read FIFA’s comments about not disciplining Figo), to have sent off ZZ. I am not defending the head butt in anyway (I am kind of devastated by it and really questioning whether I even care about the World Cup anymore), but this is just one more black mark against FIFA and this poorly/bizarrely run tournament.
He is a link from the Guardian UK, which looks into the possibility of video replay being used:
Again...I am not supporting or defending ZZ.
Regarding the use of replay for making the call, as was discussed after the Rooney incident, if FIFA has suddenly allowed replay to be used to double check controversial incidents, in principle I don't have a problem with that but it has to be part of a policy. If officials have suddenly taken it upon themselves to use replay, then we have a scary precedent. What might be next?
All FIFA has to do is make it policy and they will be seen as a forward thinking group willing to utilize technology to make sure the proper calls are made.
Lippi seems to believe that replay was used. If so, and as FIFA (to the best of my knowledge) doesn't have a rule about this, then yes there is a problem IMO.