Did you ever see the movie “Apocalypse Now”? At the end, when Col. Kurtz is dying and he whispers: “The Horror. The Horror…” I think he was having a premonition about the refereeing at the 2010 World Cup. Goals disallowed or allowed that shouldn’t have been, missed offsides and hand balls, erratic use of cards. I’ve mentioned all this before of course, but after the first two days of the Knockout Stage, the hue and cry over the refs is growing to near riot proportions, as is the call for introducing technology for goal decisions at the very least. I think we’re about to see whether or not Mr. Blatter actually has the good of the game at heart or if he’s just interested in being in charge and collecting a big paycheck. Frankly, my bet is on the latter.
So, two days into the Knockout Stage and we’ve lost another Arsenal player in this years World Cup. Mexico, sans Carlos Vela, went down to the ever-improving Argentina 1-3. And while Mexico lost, they should at least get credit for continuing to press Argentina and stay in the match. It’s more than we can say for the England squad, but as there aren’t any Arsenal players in the English squad this time around, this is the last time I will mention that Sp*ds infested mob.
Upcoming we have Robin van Persie and Netherlands taking on Slovakia today and Cesc Fabregas’s Spain meeting Portugal on Tuesday. Both matches should be full of good football, but lets hope we don’t wind up having to talk about anything the refs did or didn’t call.
Vela Sits Out Last Mexico Match
Carlos Vela wasn’t listed officially as an injured player on the squad sheet for Mexico yesterday against Argentina, but one has to think his thigh/hamstring hasn’t yet been passed fit. Accordingly, young Vela saw no match time. With the loss seeing Mexico out of the World Cup, Carlos will get a nice holiday along with his other departed Arsenal brethren. Time to get that leg healed and come into preseason raring to go, Carlos!
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