Originally Posted by rdawson808
Bullshit. This game is a perfect example of crap referring. That was a clear booking for Mastroeni, nothing more. The referring has been shit the whole game. They even called that offsides wrong denying Italy a goal. DiRossi's elbow was violent, simply violent. You cannot in any way couch it in nicer terms. He threw his elbow into McBride's face. Mastroeni came into the tackle late. It happens.
If the Italians could manage to stand up rather than fall down every time some one so much as touches them it would be great. Bunch of f-ing drama queens.
Arena has every justification for protesting the officiating. It's crap.
On a related note, what the hell are the commentators talking about that the red for Mastroeni was a "make up call"? For what?
i agree that de rossi's foul was worse than mastroenni's, but mastroenni's deserved a direct red. he went in cleats first, directly at the player's ankles. he didn't have an angle to go for the ball. if that's not a red, nothing is.
i also caught that bad call on what would have been italy's second goal.