World Cup: FIFA's Cowardly Appeals Policy On Yellow Cards to Cheat Ghana

Philip CramerContributor IIJune 30, 2010

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 26:  Andre Ayew of Ghana (C) is challenged by Michael Bradley and Steve Cherundolo of the United States during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between USA and Ghana at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 26, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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 The FIFA have revealed once again they are hypocritical, gutless cowards.  Teams have a right to appeal a yellow or a red card.  An appeal made by Ghana for their midfielder Andre 'Dede' Ayew's yellow card in the round 16 game against the U.S. has been turned down by FIFA despite clear video evidence he didn't make contact with Josy Altidore. 

The FIFA stated the referee's decision is final.  In FIFA's bizarre world, catch-22 applies. You are free to appeal a decision that cannot be overturned.

The video of the game clearly shows Altidore tripping over his own feet with Ayew at least a couple of feet away. Having received yellow card in a previous game, Ayew will now serve a suspension for the quarter final game verses Uruguay

Compounding the problem is FIFA's new rule that yellow cards don't get wiped out after the group stage, as was the policy.  They now only wipe out the cards after the quarter finals. This puts teams and key players in jeopardy for the later rounds.

It's an insane policy considering the amount of unjustified yellow cards being handed out with an appeals process that is a farce. Its used just for show and nothing more.

Ayew is the son of Africa's first great player Abedi Pele, winner of three consecutive African Player of the Year awards, as well as being selected "Man of the Match" in Marseille's European Cup win over AC Milan in 1993. 

Andre Ayew captained the Ghana team that won the FIFA World U 20 title last year.  He has been the cornerstone of Ghana's midfield in the 2010 finals, showing a maturity far beyond his years, as well as being the heir apparent to Michael Essien. 

FIFA have handed Uruguay a huge gift before the their biggest game since 1970 and Ghana's biggest game ever.