Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

FIFA World Cup: Refereeing errors under the spotlight

Kuipers seen here with English referee Howard Webb during a referee's training session. Though none of the errors were bore an effect on the match outcome, it has become a talking point amongst players and fans. (Source: AP) Kuipers (left) seen here with English referee Howard Webb during a referees' training session. Though none of the errors bore a direct effect on the match result, it has become a talking point amongst players and fans. (Source: AP)
Reuters | Rio De Janerio | Posted: June 25, 2014 6:53 pm

routinely during the match, by the referee, and the match clock is displayed on the big screens so everybody in the ground knows how much time is left.

The match ends when the ball goes dead. But football is unlikely to adopt such a law simply because, in the wake of Thomas’s action so many years ago, most referees tend to err on the side of caution and allow play to carry on a moment longer.

Kuipers, one of Europe’s top referees who took the correct yet brave decision, was in charge of the Confederations Cup final when Brazil played Spain last year and is a candidate for the World Cup final – as long as the Netherlands do not make it.

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