La Jornada – Refereeing in the League Cup raises doubts, says Codsall

The feeling among clubs participating in the League Cup is that referees are implementing criteria that are closer to error than success. Some of the former whistlers, followers of what is happening in the guild, are not surprised by the uncertainty that results from their decisions. Colombian Oscar Pareja, coach of Orlando City, said a few days ago about two games by Lionel Messi, one of the stars of Inter Miami, that could have earned him a red card: “Everything that happens has turned into a circus.” “I don’t care if it is him, but he must be measured in the same way.”

He did not find in CONCACAF a detailed monitoring of the referee’s performance. Edgardo Codzal, the former World Cup whistleblower, agrees that the wrong application of the regulations, in addition to the human errors in the video assistant referee technology, add elements to the thinking of the fan who has been harmed. “Nothing good can come out of this state of doubt,” he says. todayconcerned about the conundrum that Safari’s work in the United States had become.

“When the justice system, whatever it may be, treats the law one way to one side and another to another, we immediately believe that there is something behind it premeditated to harm or benefit someone. Everything lends itself to misinterpretation. I take the side of the fan and say, Uh, Wow! Why do they penalize my team and the other one minutes earlier and on the same play, no?’. That’s the worst of the problems. VAR, an extraordinary tool, is still the Achilles’ heel of modern refereeing, because they didn’t know how to use it.”

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Kodsall has lost count of the number of times that saw a repeat of the 1990 World Cup finals in Italy between Argentina and Germany. At 72, he is still receiving insults from the Argentine fans after he made an 85th-minute foul that allowed Andreas Brehme to score the championship goal. In that match, he recalls, the former head of the refereeing committee, Diego Maradona, was next to him, but nothing made him reconsider his standards. The image represents a contrast to the judges’ supposed favoritism towards Lionel Messi.

“Every superstar thinks that because of his huge personality, he has the potential to put pressure on the referee. It happened to me at the World Finals,” he recalls. It is a matter of personality and conviction. If the whistle allows himself to be pressed, he gives way to the star who directs the game, and not he. They are, at this level, the closest to the referee telling him it’s not a foul, that he made a foul or that TV will tear him up if he doesn’t score.”

After all, says former international Roberto García Orozco, “Who are the people that will be seen on the field? To the super number. We are just a necessary evil.” Another component of the analysis is the video refereeing system, which is why coaches and football players have criticized it in competition. “What do the rulers of my generation want more than a second chance?” says Kodsall, for whom mistakes are a combination of poor ability and training.

The VAR protocol states that in the event of serious, obvious and obvious errors the referee can intervene. Was America’s goalkeeper (Luis Malagon) saved against Nashville (Round of 16) correct? If we go to the stricter rule, no goalkeeper saves a penalty if he hasn’t moved before. Now six minutes to find out? Nonsense!”

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