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The Local · 18 Jun 2010, 18:16

Published: 18 Jun 2010 18:16 GMT+02:00

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As Germany went down 1-0 to Serbia on Friday, our bloggers cast a keen eye on the refereeing so far in this tournament. Their analysis in one word: YELLOW.


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04:10 June 19, 2010 by Raybat
The problems with this game were the referee and the Germany team itself. The referee handed so many cards with inconsistent judgements throughout the game and in comparison with other referees. For example, why wasnt the handball given a red card just like in Serbia vs Ghana game? and you could see in second half that the referee seemed to incosistently be more lenient. It led people to believe that the referee might either be inexperience, too strict or have personal agenda (maybe he's devastated for the loss of Spain).

I must admit that the Germans played a bad game. It broke my heart since I just bought expensive German kits a few days ago and I have glorified the Germany team so much. They should have substituted Podolski earlier and kept Ozil in the game. Podolski has gone down mentally from the time he missed the first chance. Ozil played a good game but he has not got a good ball in a good position yet. The Serbian goal was a defensive blunder since the goal scorer was completely unguarded. These cannot be repeated if Germany are to face England or Argentine.

The blame should go to the Germany team and the coach!
13:29 June 19, 2010 by Thomas Tariro
I totally agree with the above analysis.The blame must be on the Germany team especially the Defense. They gave away that score to the Serbian striker who was not marked.I admit that, the Referee was inconsistent in the second half as he avoided giving cards on some tackles which i felt deserved a card, e.g, Schweinesteiger's second tackle was a clear sign of being careless.How can he make such a tackle when he already had a yellow card on his head?So the referee was human on that one as it would have meant that Germany would have ended up with 9 players.The serbian player who deliberately handled the ball in the penalty area so as to deprive the Germany striker who was behind him also deserved a red card.I think the referee was mindful of the number of cards he had already given in that game.
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