World Cup diary: Was the ref playing for Brazil?

13 June 2014

Suspicions that FIFA is an organisation given, occasionally, to a bit of corruption will not have been allayed by the first match of the 2014 World Cup. Brazil won with two goals from a player who should have been sent off, including a penalty which clearly wasn’t a penalty, while Croatia had a perfectly good goal disallowed and were denied a rather more clear cut penalty themselves.

Incidentally, I say “Brazil” – and so do ITV. So do FIFA. And so does the OED, Wikipedia and Google. But not the BBC. The BBC says “Brasil”. Of course it does.

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  • Ipsmick

    You can still get 11/4 on Braszille: nailed on, I’d say. Plus you can destroy Ladbrokes and Hills.

  • Bluesman_1

    Too right citizen. Oh,and it’s Peking thank you very much.

  • umberto

    FIFA become corrupt instituition by craft of a brasilian boss, Joao Havelange….Mr Blatter is the Heir of this Mafia and the populist PT Brasilian of Dilma Roussef is the most corrupt in the world: theft is not penalty in that country.

  • Nowl

    The BBC has also taken to saying Chill-ay. I blame Breaking Bad.

    • GeeBee36_6

      Well said! Gustavo Fring to Walter White: ‘This is a Chil-ayan recipe’. I immediately thought that sounded, you know, a bit ‘BBC-will-soon-adopt-this’.

  • arnoldo87

    Not sure what you mean when you claim that the BBC say “Brasil” instead of “Brazil”. all the commentators I heard on the BBC said “Brazil”.
    Even the Brazilians, who spell it “Brasil” actually pronounce it “Brazil”.
    To pronounce it otherwise you would need to say “Brassil”
    Who at the BBC pronounces it that way?

    • rodliddle

      I didn’t mean pronunciation, so apologies if that’s how it read. I meant spelling.

  • BillRees

    I was watching a great game of rugby league on Sky last night, between Leeds and Huddersfield, before I switched on to ITV to watch the second half from Sao Paulo.

    Talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous.

    The rugby league boys played their guts out and produced a thrilling match.

    The football looked pedestrian by comparison, and the players looked like wimps.

    I’ve already had enough of the World Cup.

  • Flintshire Ian

    Did Naymar really shake hands with the Ref when he was taken off or did I imagine that? “Thanks for not sending me off mate and for the penalty!” A great start to the Crooked Cup.

  • girondas

    Didn’t watch it – can’t be bothered anymore.
    Saw the “penalty” on the news.
    Don’t need to be Nostrodamus to predict who is going to win this competition.
    I wonder what the record is for the number of penalties awarded to any one country in the world cup finals.

  • dado_trunking

    Frank Lampard won’t give a darn.
    He single-footedly changed the history of the game.

    • GeeBee36_6

      Good grief: does the Speccie website now censor ‘damn’ as well as ‘h..l’?
      I fell foul of it a while back when trying to quote Milton for Go..Whoops! Goodness’; sake. What has it come to when we can’t even quote one of the greatest works in the English language without being censored?

      Dontcha just love modern Britain? Yeah yeah yeah yeah!!!!

      Edit: so ‘damn’, it would appear, is ok. But you just try writing a post which quotes Milton’s ‘Better to reign in H..l than serve in Heaven’ in full, without being censored. You will fail.

      • dado_trunking

        I have done both, was censored and will now never fail again.

  • Frank

    BBC news at 10pm last night devoted about 15 minutes to the footie in Brazil (no doubt to justify their absurd over-staffing there). Do they not realise that very large numbers of us don’t see football as a priority given what else is happening in the world.

    • girondas

      C’mon Fat Frank – just cos your in the reserves now.

    • Aberrant_Apostrophe

      Missed that. Did they mention the riots or the stones thrown at the TV commentators’ boxes?

  • Mark McIntyre

    Brazil – still an adolescent country – how else do you explain their obsession with Footy while still ‘building’ Favelas.
    Come on England, but, will not be watching !

  • sir_graphus

    The World Cup has a very long tradition of apparently dubious matches which seem to favour home teams, FIFA favourites, and sponsor favourites.

  • Eyesee

    There was some real talent on that pitch, despite the dubious practices. It shows how out of place the England team are and the thinking of England supporters. And it will be interesting to see if the BBC team, given a live game, will be like the Springwatch presenters, who seem to think the programme is being put out by Ceebeebies.

  • Jambo25

    I’m a long time football supporter as the name suggests but I now couldn’t care less about the World Cup and the other overblown, corrupt shenanigans run by FIFA. I was in the boozer, with friends, last night, and the game was on in the background. Hardly anybody was much interested but we all did agree that the ref would make sure Brazil would win the match even before it kicked off.
    I cannot remember anything about the match other than the facts that a Brazilian player should have been instantly red carded and the Brazilian penalty wasn’t a penalty.

  • tjamesjones

    are we the fools for watching this rubbish? Croatia was robbed. And for heaven’s sake, Neymar’s celebrations, yes that was really dignified. Anyway, time for the cricket, not sure we need the football anymore.

  • Robertus Maximus

    I have no idea Rod! I found the whole thing so mind-numbingly boring that after twenty minutes I switched to the Springwatch “LiveCam”, which actually showed very little yet still managed to be more entertaining.

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