Has anyone heard what happened in the US game yesterday? From what I got on the news this morning, There was something with a US player getting grappled, a goal that was waved off, the US getting a penalty, and FIFA not wanting to talk about it?
Yes, from the replays, it is obvious that not only was Maurice Edu not
offsides (which was the initial reason for the nullification, I think), but that there were multiple Slovenian players grabbing American players, hanging on to their jerseys, pretty much everything but bear-hugging them. The point being that, if there was any kind of penalty to be called, it should have been on Slovenia, not the US. It was obvious to anyone watching the game that the referee had pretty much lost control of the players by that point (usually you'll see a ref administer stern vocal warnings to the players in the penalty box before the corner kick).
This normally wouldn't have been a big deal, but it changed what should have been a 3-2 U.S. comeback victory into a 2-2 tie, which is huge
in World Cup. It may mean the difference between the Americans advancing to the next round or not.
However, I've taken a philosophical approach to the whole thing. Yes, we should have beat Slovenia, but we also should have lost to England. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you get unlucky. That's football for you. And the thing with World Cup is, once the ref has made his decision, rightly or wrongly, that's pretty much it. The Australians have had two players now sent off for red cards for really trivial infractions, putting them at a huge disadvantage. It's not something that FIFA will change anytime soon, so they have to stand behind their refs.
But as some other people in this thread pointed out, that referee may not get another chance to work another game for the rest of this year's World Cup.