Referees and linesmen are only human, and thus they are expected to make mistakes.
However, there are mistakes and then there are MISTAKES.
Teams have been knocked out, players have missed games, goals have gone in or been ruled out, all based on mistakes from the officials.
Everyone expects the odd mistake, but this World Cup has taken the proverbial pack of biscuits and eaten them all. It seems that, to be an official at this World Cup, you must not have gone to Specsavers and you must have a complete lack of bottle.
A run through of some of the terrible mistakes:
1) Frank Lampard's shot clearly went over the line against Germany at a crucial stage of the game. Play is waved on.
2) Carlos Tevez is clearly offside as he scores Argentina's opener against Mexico. The goal is allowed to stand.
3) Cesc Fabregas is clearly tripped by the Paraguayan 'keeper after he followed up Xabi Alonso's saved penalty-kick. The linesman has a clear view of the incident from just feet away, but decided not to alert the referee.
4) Tim Cahill received a straight red despite pulling out of a tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the group game between Germany and Australia. The Germans agreed it was never a red.
5) Alberto Undiano Mallenco blowing his whistle every five minutes and ruining what was a good game between Serbia and Germany. He booked eight players in an unphysical game. He also sent off Miroslav Klose for two yellow cards, despite him deserving neither.
6) United States' extraordinary comeback against Slovenia was halted by another controversial decision. Despite being 2-0 down, the Americans fought back to 2-2 and should have won 3-2. Their winning "goal" was disallowed by referee Koman Coulibaly for a foul no one else saw—even on replay.
7) Every time a Uruguayan player received the ball in and around the Dutch penalty area, the linesman's hand seemed to automatically signal an offside. He got at least three of these decisions wrong in the first half.
8) The referee's decision not to book Marc van Bommel who kicked everyone around him, in the Uruguay versus Holland semifinal.
9) Robin Van Persie was interfering with play and standing in an offside position as Holland went 2-1 up on Uruguay.
These are but nine of the most obvious examples.
Yet, FIFA will do what they have always done. Feed the officials to the pack of wolves and go and hide. Instead of finding a solution, they like to put the total blame on the man in the middle, who is doing a part-time job.