kritikon wrote:I do agree with you on using either more referees, or preferably video refereeing in some, but not all instances. The argument against is that it slows the game. Well more often than not, after an incident the game has been stopped either by the ref or by the players writhing around in dramatis personae anyway. It works to the benefit of both forms of rugby here, and as well as identifying real fouls, it would also identify cheats. I have no problem with video decisions bringing cards to foulers as long as divers also get booked. Every goal should be checked by video ref. Every free kick where the game is stopped should be video reffed. That would achieve both our aims. It would also have put Robben out of the cup, and good riddance. Personally I think it would also show that many of these so-called violent anti game tactics you talk of aren't anywhere near as bad as you think. Many of them involve almost no physical contact. Video reffing would show that.
I like to see you are with me on this. Beware that I don't defend a "no contact" game. I played football, at center back position, and because I was tall and strong, I was used to use my physic power to win the strugle for the ball. And I am aware there is a lot of acting in the game nowadays (but there is a lot of violent tackles too).
That said, there has to be a clear frontier between force and violence, between tackles that are to win the ball and tackles which only aim is to take down the other player, and sometimes with severe injuries. Brazil used that tactics with James Rodriguez (Fernandinho should have been booked at least twice before mid-time and he ended the game without even one). Colombia started to payback.
End result: The best brazilian player, the only one that do through the defenses dribling with the ball, was taken down, and can no longer play in this cup. THIS cannot be allowed. James has to be able to play, as well as Neymar, without having to fear for their physical integrity. Of course accidents happen, but the possibility of a real and severe harm by a well intentioned tackle is not that great.