World Cup 2010 Preview: USA Get Potentially Dodgy Referee for Opening Game

GuidoAnalyst IJune 8, 2010

When facing off against England during their opening fixture of the World Cup on Saturday, team USA has more to worry about besides the obvious threat of players like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, and Steven Gerrard, as FIFA have announced that Brazilian Carlos Simon will referee this match.

Despite extensive World Cup experience, having refereed during the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, the Brazilian referee is deemed a controversial referee. During the 2006 World Cup, he sent off Teddy Lucic with two yellow cards, grinning whilst he gave the second yellow, and being patted on the back by Germany's Lukas Podolski.

Besides that incident during the 2006 World Cup, there were also several incidents regarding Simon in the Brazilian league, where he refused to give penalties after even the side making the foul argued it was a foul.

Brazilian club Flamengo even sent a DVD of Simon to FIFA, arguing that he was "unambiguously inconsistent, unfair, and inequitable technically with his performances."

The fact that Flamengo never got a penalty in a decisive match and even had a player sent off for diving may have had a little something to do with that, but Flamengo insists "it's their contribution for the good of the game."

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With the world watching on Saturday, it will be interesting to see if Carlos Simon makes any dodgy calls this weekend.