Dutch coach predicts replay in 2014
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
JOHANNESBURG -- "Scandalous."
That's the stinging word Bert Van Marwijk used to describe the failure of officials to acknowledge Frank Lampard's obvious goal in England's Group of 16 match against Germany, a glaring screwup that landed FIFA world-wide criticism.
And rightly so.
The controversial issue reared its ugly head again Thursday when Van Marwijk predicted that instant replay will be in use when the world's grandest soccer tournament moves to Brazil in four years.
"After the England game, I said the next World Cup there will be a camera in the goal," the Dutch manager said. "It is almost a scandal it is not there already."
Van Marwijk cannot believe that nothing is in place some 44 years after Geoffrey Hurst's controversial game winner gave England its only World Cup title, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Germany in the championship game.
"It cannot be after 1966, more than 40 years ago, that we still cannot see when somebody scores a goals when the ball is half a metre over the line," he said.
Meanwhile, in one of the most lame excuses we've heard in a long time, the Uruguay linesman who botched the call in the Lampard incident now claims the play developed too fast for him to follow it.
Say what? Isn't that the guy's job?
"It was a very fast shot that I did not see properly, even though I was in the right place," linesman Mauricio Espinosa told the Spanish publication El Pais.
"We didn't see a replay in the dressing room at halftime but you could sense what has happened. It was only when we saw the TV that we realized what happened. I feel quite sad about it because we had prepared for a long time for the World Cup."
Obviously, not well enough.
And if you feel sad, Mr. Espinosa, just imagine how crushed all those loyal English fans were when you screwed their team out of a goal.