Lamb of BOD wrote:Putting my cards on the table, I like Neymar, and I think he'll develop into a super player. I also like Brazil - well, I like the idea of Brazil, perhaps not this incarnation, That being said, the challenge on Neymar - a player jumping with his knee up - was something you see in every soccer match regardless of the standard. It was extremely unfortunate for the player to have suffered the injury he did. It was hardly a challenge in the same bracket as Neymar's own attempt to elbow an opponent in the nose in their first game. The refs have been soft on Brazil, that much is for sure, but that's FIFA for you. Whether that's home crowd bias or instruction remains to be seen, but I suspect the semis and final will be reffed 'properly'. FIFA have an interest in keeping the host nation involved deep into the tournament (I'm thinking more South Korea here than South Africa - who never had a chance anyway), but that sort of messing wouldn't stand up to scrutiny after a semi final. Surely.
German paper(tabloid) reporting that FIFA instructed the refs to hold out on giving out yellow cards for as long as possible. Which I think is disgraceful. If you're giving the refs that kind of instruction then the info should be public knowledge. If a team knows that they're liable to take advantage of it by playing rough and it puts them at risk.
FIFA did the opposite a couple of years ago in a European championship(IIRC) where the refs where told to be eager to show cards for any sort of rough play. Lead to a bit of a farce where 3 players got sent off and several more where on yellows. Think it was Portugal playing Netherlands.
Ruddock's tackle stats consistently too low for me to be taken seriously as a Six Nations blindside..... Ruddock's defensive stats don't stack up. - All Blacks Nil, Jan 15th, 2014
England A 8 - 14 Ireland A, 25th Jan 2014
Ruddock(c) 19/2 Tackles