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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

EXTRA: Referees stage coup d'etat!

** ATTENTION LOYAL READERS OF TDH STOP THIS IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE REVOLUTIONARY COMMAND OF FIFA REFEREES STOP WE HAVE TAKEN OVER THE WORLD CUP AND WILL BE ISSUING OUR DEMANDS IN ADVANCE OF THE FINAL STOP CONTINUE TO READ TDH FOR FUTURE REVOLUTIONARY MISSIVES STOP UNTIL THEN MAY THE SPIRIT OF PIERLUIGI COLLINA BE WITH YOU **

At least, that's the way it seems. Like Markus Merk, Luis Medina Cantalejo once seemed to TDH to be a good referee. Yes, a quality referee. And yet, and yet... he was willing to issue a last-second penalty in a 0-0 match where both teams looked as though they could very well have scored in extra time. Not just any penalty, mind you, but a penalty for deliberately falling over a prone player who made no effort to obstruct play.

Terrible. Just terrible. Despite guessing the Italy v Australia scoreline correctly, TDH's mood was lousy. It certainly wasn't improved by the Switzerland v Ukraine match.

Like BBC's Adnan Nawaz, TDH almost fell asleep during the late game - during the first half, in fact. About the most exciting thing that happened was when, about half an hour into the match, the Latin American feed disappeared. The guy desperately doing filler - his surprise moment in the spotlight - was definitely more interesting.

The game actually improved late on. Perhaps the players were too tired out to keep flying through the air for hopeless headers and sky-high passes; they actually had to play the ball on the ground. In the end, TDH got the result right, if not the scoreline. But who would have predicted that Switzerland would be dumped out of the tournament without conceding a regulation goal? How sad. The only consolation is seeing Sheva and Blokhin walking around together - you can tell those guys are having fun.

2 Comments:

Blogger the Maradona of Malawi said...

no sympathy - Hiddink can go to f**k. His teams (every single one) are instructed to cheat, as is obvious to anyone who watched South Korea last time, or PSV under him (he turned van Bommel into the monster of unfair play he is now). Australia are actually cleaner than either of those sides, but Hiddink, while being a great manager, was only reaping what he's sown for so many years.

tdh - do you know what van Horstelrooy did to piss off Marco?

I thought ukraine deserved the win as well. Vorobey and Voronin were the best players on the pitch.

7:38 AM  
Blogger The American Geordie said...

(Somehow this didn't post the first time.)

Aren't you being a bit unfair to PSV? They did play some pretty football on their Champions League run in 2005. You can hardly complain, anyway, since Milan barely deserved to win that tie.

The Horseface story went like this, according to SoccerWay:

"I expect more from a player of his [van Nistelrooy] standard," Van Basten said.

"Ruud is training well but I just feel he needs to show a little bit more.


Van Basten will be dumped for sure. It's like the Toon losing a cup final with Shearer on the bench. Supporters simply won't stand for it.

1:27 AM  

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