I don't think that he was consciously biased, or ordered by FIFA to favour Flamengo. Otherwise he wouldn't have given us a penalty in extra-time. However, his behaviour favoured Flamengo on several accounts:Just asking your opinion. My footie mate missed the match but watched it today. He is thinking the referee was very partial to Flamengo and was 'got to', his expression, as if FIFA wanted Flamengo wanted to win the tournament.
Do you think so?
Lol!Glad we won, but I'm still absolutely fuming at the ref.
You wouldn't trust an 8 year old with a F1 car, and you shouldn't trust this inexperienced ref with a world cup final.
Whats the point of having VAR with the ability to view incidents from about 10 angles, but then looking at the same poor angle that can not show the contact multiple times, whilst ignoring all the other good angles that do show the contact?
Even if the was a clean tackle (which it wasn't), it was still a tackle from behind, Liverpool players were constantly being pulled up for tackling from behind all game long, but this tackle was deemed ok???
Also, if its a foul then its a RED card, simple as that.
What were all those blokes doing in the VAR van? ....my bet is on smoking weed, and playing cards.
They were deffo not watching the Liverpool game.
I think it was a Matip-esque performance. Going with the ball forward and yes Matip will have to fight back for his place.for me the biggest benefactor of this whole trip and games was joe gomez. you could see the joe gomez pre-injury for the first time. it was nice to see the confidence grow.. matip will have a hard time reclaiming his position if joe continues like this
Not to sure under which topic I should post this in, so here it is:
I expect they will change number to 19 and trophy to premier league. Might piss off some of the football started in 1992 types as a bonus.In the case of anything significant happening around May in terms of the wall needing updating, would we change the number below the existing trophy? Or would we have a new trophy with “1” underneath?
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2019/12/25/liverpool-granted-permission-wear-gold-badge-one-premier-league/Liverpool granted permission to wear gold badge for one Premier League game after Club World Cup victory
I think the "penalty" incident summed him up to be honest.I don't think that he was consciously biased, or ordered by FIFA to favour Flamengo. Otherwise he wouldn't have given us a penalty in extra-time. However, his behaviour favoured Flamengo on several accounts:
In short, he was a weak ref, and Flamengo realised this very quickly and took advantage out of it. But our players noticed this too with time going by. The way how Robertson clattered Rafinha during the second half is an example of that. He'd never got away with that in the CL for instance. And Hendo rapidly understood that he had to get in the ref's ears all the time, as the Flamengo players did it all the time too.
- he applied a standard for minimal physical contact, something more usual in South American football (and maybe in Qatar?).
- he didn't react much to obvious gamesmanship like feigning injury, 'having cramps' in order to gain time or disturb the opposition's playing rhythm.
- he hesitated to hand out yellow cards in situations when he needed to stamp down his authority. A strong referee would have done that early in the game.
That's the good thing with our boys these days: they learn from situations and adapt to them, even though they might be unsavoury and against their usual way of practicing football.
Great for me. Day was set up nicely on Tuesday when my wifes Oncologist informed us that her Lung cancer tumour had actually shrunk by 25% ! Then to there was the CWC victory which I watched with my son and his family in Wales and the the day itself spent with my daughterand her 4 grown up kids and their 4 offspring, all under 6. Fabulous time , best Christmas ever followed by that great Boxing day game and finally the win over Wolves. The whole package was just unbelievable. I could not have asked for more.Fellow world champions are doing good and are feeling on top of the world.
To be honest Maria, the only thing I have been wondering about Flamengo is whether their fans are still singing their song about us!I was watching the highlights of the final again.
I thought Flamengo were a technically, a brilliant side. I really think we had a very tough and worthy opponent in the final, compared to other finals.
Does anyone think so?