Luck is something that Brazil always receive heavy dosages of, but their terrible performace against Belgium will surely have England rubbing their hands in glee. Minutes after Brazil's 2-0 win we received an e-mail from an angry reader who said, 'How come everybody loves Brazil so much? They have beaten 3 minor teams and have won a game with Mr. Prendergast's help. Congratulations Mr.Prendergast you have confirmed that Jamaica isn't a football nation just as the reggae boys did 4 years ago!'. Belgium's disallowed goal was a tragedy, and it brings that old discussion back to the forefront about whether a match should be officiated by a referee from Jamaica and an assistant from the Maldives when there are such enormous consequences resting on the result. These referees may well be top class in their own domestic competition, but surely referees used on the biggest stage must come from the biggest stages of league football. Referees must be aided as well, and surely be given the aid of video evidence, especially considering that at this World Cup incidents are broadcast on a big screen at the ground. When Vieri's goal was disallowed against Croatia, the referee was told not to look at the screen by fellow officials, as the players ushered him to see that the goal was indeed onside. What was the point? Italy have had three of those decisions go against them, and could have been out of the World Cup at this stage. Belgium can certainly make such a claim, as if Wilmots' goal had counted against Brazil the game would have taken on a whole different picture.
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