World Cup: It’s a Shame
The referee's in the 2006 World Cup have been awful through the opening rounds of play. So bad, that it is making it not fun at all to watch some of these games.
The main problem is that they aren't letting the players play. The yellow cards are coming way too quickly. A lot of the calls should just be fouls, and there are many that shouldn't even be called at all. It's just two guys going for the same ball, 50-50, and someone is going to lose. Shame on the ref's for not letting the game continue at the fast pace it should. I don't blame anyone who doesn't like watching soccer for all of the stoppage time.
I'm not saying the ref's are morons. The Oscar winning performances of some the players don't make it easy for the ref's to determine what is real and what is not. I say "shame on you" to the countries that make faking fouls and injuries a part of the game. I can proudly say that the American's generally don't stoop to this level of play.
Speaking of the American's, they got ripped badly by the ref's. The yellows and reds in the Italy game were bad, turning the match into a game of hanging on for dear life. Then in the Ghana match, the "foul" against Oguchi Onyewu in the penalty box was no foul at all. Few will disagree. That's a bad call equals a goal for the opponent; not good. With bad calls like these, you don't really know who would have won these games, and if the U.S. should have 6 points, or zero.
That said, I don't think the U.S. deserves the second round anyway with the way they played. They put no pressure on the Czech's, couldn't score a goal against Italy, and made KEY mistakes in each match. Mistakes that were punished badly, particularly simple mistakes like clearing the ball defending our goal. Shame on the U.S. for such a poor showing.
(The one exception, Clint Dempsey, who I watched from the beginning was the only one fired up from game one. Congrats on his well deserved goal)