Originally Posted by LA Guy
I don't agree with the calls. Actually, I think that even the first call was questionable. I know the rules and understand also that the refs were instructed by FIFA in enforce the rules more forcefully in this tournamnt, but nonetheless feel that the US-Italy game was called a little harshly. BTW, if this is how the refs called some previous tournaments, teams would be playing with six or seven men aside.
no offense, but you obviously don't know what you're talking about. forget about past world cups and fifa talking to the refs. those red cards were normal in any tournament or league in any country. what was abnormal was the fact that 3 players in the same game played that way. i chalk it up to nerves.
i posted in this thread at halftime saying that eddie pope already had a yellow card, was continuing to foul, and that he was going to get tossed. he commited a second foul that merited a yellow and he was rightfully tossed. i've never seen eddie pope play the way he did against italy. it's not normal for him, but he must have been very nervous.
if you don't think the italian should have been tossed, you don't know soccer at all. he was not ejected because he hit mcbride, or becuase mcbride started bleeding. the mere act of throwing an elbow, whether he hits the man or not, is cause for a red card. players get red carded for this all the time. not every game, but enough to say it's not an unusual call.
Sure. However, an late tackle is much harder to call than an elbow to the face; and in previous tournaments, the red was only used when the tackle was cleats first, and the defender was clearly not going for the ball.
mastroenni went in cleats first, and hit the italian in the ankles, when he had zero chance at the ball. = red. if you can't see that, you need to change your prescription.
it does not matter that the italian was not injured by the play. it's the play itself which merits the card. 2" one way or the other and the italian could have had a broken ankle. that's why you can't go in like that.