FIFA `very satisfied` with World Cup referees

FIFA`s head of refereeing is "very, very satisfied" with the performance of World Cup match officials, despite widespread criticism of some decisions.

Derdepoort: FIFA`s head of
refereeing is "very, very satisfied" with the performance of
World Cup match officials, despite widespread criticism of
some decisions.

Jose-Marcia Garcia-Aranda accepted that some in-game
calls were "not fully correct," but that mistakes were

"Some of them are not good decisions on the field of play
and this for human beings, is natural," he told reporters

"We are trying to improve those decisions that we
consider are not good enough and for that reason we are
training every day."

Garcia-Aranda said World Cup referees should not have to
explain their most controversial decisions to players and
media, a stance backed by some of the 30 elite officials
working at the tournament in South Africa.

"We are not ready for that," said Switzerland`s Massimo
Busacca, who is recognized as a clear communicator and
candidate to officiate the final.”

"They will complain too much."

Uruguayan Jorge Larrionda said fans in South America did
not like seeing referees talk about themselves.
"Maybe it is better to close the mouth," said Larrionda,
who will work his third match of the tournament when Australia
plays Serbia on Wednesday.

Most of the 30 spoke Monday in an open practice session
at a school near Pretoria, though Mali`s Koman Couilbaly and
Stephane Lannoy of France were absent after working match
duties on Sunday.

Lannoy was criticized for failing to spot a handball
before Brazil`s second goal in its 3-1 win over Ivory Coast,
and sending off Kaka by showing a second yellow card when
opponent Kader Keita appeared to run into the Brazilian

Couilbaly drew worldwide attention by disallowing a goal
that would have given the United States a late lead against
Slovenia last Friday, and infuriated American players by not
explaining his judgment.

He earlier showed a yellow card when the ball struck
Robbie Findley in the face, meaning the U.S. forward is
suspended for the final group match against Algeria on
Wednesday. That punishment was "completely wrong and unfair,"
Findley`s teammate Landon Donovan said.

Garcia-Aranda said FIFA would not discuss individual
decisions by its referees, which were supplied by each of the
six continental football bodies.

"FIFA is proud of having good referees from all the
confederations," the Spanish official said. "The level of all
these referees is very, very high."

Mistakes were being exposed by the scrutiny directed at
World Cup matches, Garcia-Aranda said.

"We have (seen) excellent decisions on the field of
play," he said. "Later, maybe with 32 cameras, thousands of
people assessing this kind of situation, we realize these
decisions were not fully correct."

FIFA has prepared the 30 referees and their two regular
assistants with physical and psychological training programs,
and will pay each referee a fee of USD 50,000 (euro40,000) for
the tournament.

Garcia-Aranda said referees had a duty "to try to
implement the laws of the game but not to explain every single
situation," otherwise they won`t be focused entirely on the

"Nobody can say the credibility of football is, let`s
say, in doubt."

Bureau Report


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