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World Cup 2010 Germany vs England Highlights: Goalkeeper Fooled the Referee

Written by: on 28th June 2010 |
Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R) ju
World Cup 2010 Germany vs England Highlights: Goalkeeper Fooled the Referee

Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R) jumps for the ball during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 football match Germany vs. England on June 27, 2010 at Free State stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images)(Photo Credit should Read /AFP/Getty Images)  | read this item

It could have been 4-2 or it could have been better. The Germany vs England match was tainted with an incident of a German goalkeeper deliberately fooling the referee into thinking that it was a no goal.

“I did fooled the referee,” Says Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as he admitted he “fooled” referee Jorge Larrionda into making the most controversial decision of the World Cup.

The call could have been devastating for England and disheartening to the players. The match proceed and England made another goal courtesy of Matthew Upson on the 36th minute.

In the end England was defeated 4-1 by a barrage of goals from Germany. Germany’s four goals came from Miroslav Klose (19′), Lukas Podolski (31′), and Thomas Müller (66′, 69′).

With the incident however fans of England cannot help but think what would have been if that goal was awarded as it should have been. I do not think that Neuer should just walk out free and casually like that after admitting to his mistake.

FIFA should study it and issue some sanctions to avoid setting a dangerous precedent. If this goes unchecked then players might deliberately fool the referee and think that it was okey.

“It was one incident and yes, it was important,” Neuer said. “But I believe we were the stronger team and deserved to win the game even without this.

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If they were indeed strong as he say Germany was then why cheat on the goal? Neuer could just have called the attention of the referee, left the ball and be honest about it. Instead, he choose to fool the referee.

“There is so much at stake in these big games and this was a million-dollar call,” Lampard said. “I am gutted because it was clearly a yard or so over and it would have changed the game.”

We cannot blame the players however despite the endless ranting I post here, after all football games are a battlefield. The main instruction for all football players in the field is to win at all cost, make as many goals as possible and avoid as many goals from the opposing team as possible.

Let us be honest as well that England did not play as expected. Their luster seems to have faded in this World Cup and a lot of thinking needs to be done.

For Germany too this could have been their karma. Way back in the 1966 World Cup finals England’s Geoff Hurst was allowed a goal that bounced off the crossbar and did not fully cross the line.

It might have been England’s bad karma and Germany’s sweet revenge.

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