More than 80,000 people at Soccer City saw that Carlos Tevez was offside when he scored Argentina’s first goal against Mexico on Sunday. Three men didn’t – the officials.
FIFA decided to address this issue by announcing that it will censor World Cup match highlights being shown on giant screens inside the stadium after replays of Argentina’s disputed first goal fueled arguments between players. FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said replaying the incident was “a clear mistake.”
“This will be corrected, and we will have a closer look into that,” Maingot told a news conference Monday. “We will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played.”
Maingot said the screens were used to broadcast a FIFA “infotainment program” to fans before the match and could be used to replay some match action.
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While the English national team received a cold welcome home after bowing out with 4-1 drubbing, the Germans received nothing but plaudits.
“You let your country down” said the front page headline on The Sun.
On the back, it said in reference to England coach Fabio Capello: “Time’s up Fab. Go, and take these losers with you!”
The Daily Mail was no kinder to the English, who tied the United States and Algeria, won over Slovenia and then lost to Germany.
“England coach Fabio Capello and his team of self-regarding flops have presided over a national embarrassment, one of the most comprehensive humiliations in our sporting history.”
The Times wrote: “England played three calamitous matches out of four, failed to score goals and defended like fools, and that is all the responsibility of Capello.”
Stories were more upbeat in Germany.
“Thank you, football God,” said the newspaper Bild. “After 44 years, the Wembley goal is finally balanced out. Now the English know how we have felt the whole time.”
In the 1966 World Cup final in London’s Wembley Stadium, England scored a controversial goal before going on to win 4-2. German fans say the ball never crossed the line.
French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said he will quit later this week following France’s World Cup fiasco. … England’s Football Association told Capello it will take two weeks to decide whether to retain him as national team coach.