> I never thought I would see referees as bad as those from Paraguay.
> Even some that have sprouted from Colombia did not sway me from that belief.
> But now I am ready to drop my prejudices and see the world anew, through
> eyes unencumbered by provincial impressions.
> In this new world order, it is clear that the worst referees this year have
> been from Germany. Congratulations!
> PS: And to think that Beckenbauer complained about Loustau.
As bad as Assenmacher was, Loustau was worse! IMHO, the only mistake
Assenmacher made was in not sending off Koemann. (No doubt, a big
mistake, but not an uncommon decision in important games.) The offsides call
was flagged by the linesman, and Assenmacher accepted this decision. (He
didn't have the benefit of television replay.) Again IMHO, the proper
decision was made in refusing a penalty for the trips on Platt and on
Wouters. Both fouls were outside the box and the player fell in.
Loustau, however, lost control of the match by trying to keep a WC
final from being decided on penalties. Eventually, he was forced to do
just that. (IMHO, he waved play on after several fouls that were
more severe than the one he eventually awarded the PK for.) If Loustau had
awarded a penalty earlier, Argentina would have been forced to play an
attaching game, and we would have had a much more exciting final.
But we are trapped in a hopeless morass. Trying to decide which referee
is worse. As any player knows, even we amatuers, the correct answer is
"The next one!" :-)