Euro 2012: 3 Iffy Calls in Tournament so Far
Euro 2012 has seen some pretty interesting refereeing decisions so far.
The standard—a pretty erratic one for the most part—was set from the very first game, but there has been some solid refereeing throughout the tournament.
We are looking at some of the calls that could have gone either way for those involved.
Here are some of the iffiest calls in Euro 2012 so far.
Poland vs. Greece, Sokratis Papastathopoulos Red Card
The opening game of Euro 2012 saw lot of drama thanks to the referee of the day, Carlos Velasco Carballo.
The yellow card was a little on the soft side as well, but the red card given by the referee here is atrocious.
Sokratis Papasthopoulos really did not do much to impede Rafal Murawski, who was already on his way down after turning.
Spain vs. Croatia, Sergio Ramos Tackles Mario Mandzukic
Spain were in trouble a few times during their game against Croatia. In the first half, Mario Mandzukic got away from central defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique with a good chance on goal.
Ramos had to make a last ditch tackle on Mario Mandzukic inside the box that resulted in protests from the Croatians. The call was waved away and Ramos did get a piece of the ball, but it could have gone either way.
It was certainly one of those iffy calls that could have changed the game.
England vs. Ukraine, Possible Offside and Disallowed Goal
This incident re-sparked the debate about whether or not goal-line technology should be introduced in the game.
UEFA admitted a mistake was made, but that is all too late for Ukraine. It really shouldn't have been that hard for the assistant referee, standing just outside the six-yard box, to make that call.
While the missed goal was certainly the big call that was missed, it could have been a non-issue had an offside been called on Artem Milevskiy.