FIFA needs to look at officiating

Mexico's players discuss with referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal after he called a penalty in favour...

Mexico's players discuss with referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal after he called a penalty in favour of the Netherlands during their World Cup game at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza, Brazil on June 29, 2014. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters)

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:38 PM ET

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - If FIFA won’t do anything about the lack of respect shown by players to the game and the men who officiate it, then it’s time the officials took matters into their own hands.

FIFA doesn’t care enough about the situation. It is willing to let the game be ruined by what is becoming a group of thugs and enforcers.

This World Cup has been a spectacular display of soccer skill and excitement. Yet the one thing that overshadows the beauty, game in and game out, is the dozens of ugly incidents that sees players stop, drop and roll as if they’re on fire.

A strong breeze is good enough to send a player on a good 20-yard roll. It ends with the player holding a body part, yelling like he’s being tortured on a rack during the Spanish Inquisition, only to jump up a minute later, fake a limp before sprinting off to chase down a pass.

It’s a miracle after being sprayed with a bottle containing the healing water from the spring at Lourdes.

Even the most vacuous soccer fan should recognize that being called a fake, phony, fancy-boy in short pants, and a wimp, can’t be good for the game.

Then there’s the players who constantly scream, wave their arms, gesticulate, argue and roach-infest as they swarm an official after virtually every call.

It isn’t just an abomination for the fan on the periphery. It irritates the hell out of most fans that care for the game.

It gives the game the look of lawlessness, like an out-of-control night with Jack Nicholson in ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s’ nest.

A massive dose of strong roach pesticide is needed to stamp it out.

Why is there a problem with respect in so many sports today? It’s a simple answer.

Players don’t respect the rules or the official that is trying to enforce those rules, and they are allowed to get away with it.

The money, the god-like way players are treated, has taught them that what’s important is what they do and what they want.

FIFA has made some rule changes over the years but has done nothing to protect their officials or the game from these players chicanery.

Players are like little children. They don’t understand when enough is enough.

This is but a little example from the Argentina and Switzerland game.

The ball went out of bounds for a Swiss throw-in. The Swiss player was going to take the throw 25 yards from the spot where it went out. The Swedish referee waved him back. The player moved two yards.

Three times the official asked and the player basically ignored him.

After the referee asked the player to move back a second time and the player didn’t, there should have been a yellow card flashed. The official, of course, won’t give out a card because he wouldn’t be supported by FIFA and would be faced to explain his decision to a swarm of roaches.

When this World Cup is over, officials and their representative should demand FIFA set up a committee of people who know officiating.

Not some money-sucking, expense-accounting padding, flying-for-free FIFA suits. How about some people who know the game?

They focus on stopping the complaining and arguing and punishing floppers.

They may also want to try something like this.

If a player goes down after a challenge and rolls around and stays down for any length of time, the player goes off the pitch and can’t come back on for a designated time period -- be it five minutes or whatever. With a game in the final 20 minutes, a player will think twice before doing his Academy Award thing if he can’t come back on for five minutes.

If, upon watching video review of the game, it is obvious a player flopped for no reason, suspend him for two games.

As for swarming officials, there is a reason why a soccer player wears a captain’s band.

He should be the only one who talks to an official. If anyone else approaches the official, yells at him from a distance, wags his finger at him, they get a yellow card.

Yes, that’s harsh, but these players have brought it upon themselves. It’s a disgusting part of the game.

In fact, FIFA has brought it on itself as well.

You only hope that if FIFA has no interest in doing the right thing, all its officials are strong enough to band together and see if they can operate a game without the top officials in the world.

*Mexico appeal GIF via @myregularface of GIFgoldmine.com


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