In football World cup, refereeing happens to be one of the toughest jobs, as whatever decision referees take will definitely have a major impact in the outcome of the match and sometimes, in the competitions.
A referee’s instincts are crucial to their decision making and there is every tendency of him making serious and costly blunders in a game due to the fact that he’s human.
Therefore, he has to make difficult decisions which most of them will attract criticisms from players, managers, fans and sometimes, his colleagues. There have been a number of blatant blunders by officials in the past and at the biggest stage, this is why sportyleagues.com brings to you some of the biggest blunders by officials at the Mundial.
The Biggest Robberies At The World Cup
Home Advantage – South Korea 2002
It’s no secret, hosting the World Cup gives you an advantage over the rest. Out of eight champions of the biggest football competition, six have won it on home soil.
While it’s been recorded that most home teams have their best ever performances when hosting the cup just as South Korea had an incredible run in 2002.
The Asian nation reached the finals of the Mundial and ended in the historic fourth place. Bravo to them, but all the same, it will be quite easier to do when the referees are on their side.
The knockout round against Italy and Spain remains the most embarrassing and the most scandalous refereeing in World Cup history.
In the round of sixteen, the Italians lost to Bryon Moreno. The Ecuadorian gave the Koreans a penalty, ruled out a golden goal from Damiano Tomassi and sent off Italian forward Francesco Totti.
In the quarterfinals, Spain suffered in the hands of Gamal Ghandour who ruled out two goals including a valid golden goal for Morienttes.
During the decisive shootout, Jouaquin’s penalty should’ve been retaken as Korean goalkeeper, Lee Wan Jae clearly moved out of goal.
It was so obvious that even Sepp Blatter, who was the FIFA President at that time criticized the referee.
The Goal That Wasn’t – England 1966
England were on a mission to win the World Cup in 1966. It was an action packed 2-2 stalemate against West Germany in the 1966 World Cup Final at Wembley which needed to be decided on extra-time.
In the eleventh minute, Geoff Hurst span in the area only to see his shot crash off the underside of the crossbar, bounce down on or over the line, before being cleared by the Germans. This time, the English players were already celebrating.
To England’s advantage, the Swiss referee, Gottfried Dienst allowed the goal to stand when it clearly didn’t go in. And that was how England won their first and only World Cup after winning 4-2 on extra-time.
Maradona’s Hand Of God – Argentina 1986
in 1986, Diego Armando Maradona scored two unforgettable goals against England. One of them was with pure magic and talent because he scored with his hand.
The most controversial goal in World Cup history was scored during the quarter final of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico between Argentina and England.
Neither of the sides was able to break the deadlock in the first forty-five minutes and six minutes into the second half, Maradona chased a miss-hit clearance by England midfielder Steve Hodge, jumped above goalkeeper Peter Shilton before flicking it past the veteran with the outside of his left fist.
Tunisian ref Ali Bin Nasser, later admitted that he wasn’t well positioned to fully understand what really happened. And as his assistant said nothing about it, he gave the goal.
Minutes later, Maradona went on to score what is now the the ‘Goal of the Century’ after dribbling past half of the England team. The Albiceleste eventually won 2-1 lifted the World Cup.
Mexico’s Curse Of The Fifth Game
Dating back to the 1994 World Cup, Mexico can’t seem to reach that ever-elusive fifth game that comes with the quarterfinals of the World Cup as they have been exited from the Mundial at the round of sixteen in seven times in a row.
In 2010, they faced off against the less fancied team in the world, Argentina. Messi and his cohorts thrashed them by scoring three goals in the first half hour. Tevez’s opener came from an obvious offside.
Then in 2014, Mexico came close to reaching the quarter finals when Arjen Robben decided to dive in the box which guaranteed a penalty and the decisive goal for the Oranjes.
The Dictator’s Role – Mussolini 1934
The second edition of the World Cup was played in Benito Mussolini’s facist Italy. Mussolini didn’t like football at all considering it unmanly but saw the great potential of it in attracting the masses.
The 1934 World Cup was used for propaganda with the dictator, Mussolini needing to win it.
In the quarterfinal, Spain fought Italy in one of the most violent matches in history, ending up with broken legs and fist fights. The draw meant a replay in the following day and that was when Mussolini took matters into his own hands.
Italy won against Spain all thanks to the biased referee who disallowed two Spanish goals. To secure a win, an Italian referee was appointed for the match between Germany and Czechoslovakia in the semifinal so that Italy could face the weaker opponent.
Mussolini won his coveted trophy with the goal that came in the fifth minute at the final.