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Collina to referee Argentina v England clash

SEOUL, May 25 (AFP)

Italy's no-nonsense referee Pierluigi Collina was handed the job of refereeing the potentially volatile World Cup clash between England and Argentina on June 9.
Voted best referee in the world four times and awarded best referee of Euro 2000, Collina oversaw England's 5-1 defeat of Germany in Munich in a World Cup qualifier last year.
Linesmen for the Group F match are Canada's Hector Vergara and Mohamed Saeed of the Maldives while Brian Hall of the United States was named fourth official.
Since the Falklands war between Argentina and Britain in 1982 matches between the two nations have been highly charged and never less than controversial.
Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone turned up the heat for the clash with England when he confessed to the English press recently that he deliberately tried to get David Beckham sent-off when the two sides met at the last finals in France.
Beckham was red-carded just after half-time when he petulantly kicked out at Simeone following a foul on him by the Argentine midfielder during their second round clash.
At the Mexico World Cup in 1986 Argentine legend Diego Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals of all time when his 'hand of God' goal helped his side to a 2-1 win over their old foe.
Maradona said at the time it was the 'hand of God' but the head of Diego, though later confessed he handled the ball and that it felt wonderful, like stealing an Englishman's wallet./p
Collina, whose bald-head makes him one of the most recognisable figures in the world game, has his own website and is a celebrity in his own right in Italy.
Bookmakers already make him favourite to officiate in the final although that would not be possible were Italy to be involved.

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Good. At least he'll clamp down on divers and cheats. We have nothing to fear discipline-wise. Our hot-headed rogue of 1998 is the captain, and we have no more loose cannon.
 

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Good. At least he'll clamp down on divers and cheats. We have nothing to fear discipline-wise. Our hot-headed rogue of 1998 is the captain, and we have no more loose cannon.
That´s IF he makes it, not even to our match, but IF he makes it, in order to stay in the WC.
 

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he is the best around.. very strong and the players have great respect for this guy... and he lets the game to go on which is very important.. his style of referring does not effect the tempo of the game...
 

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he is the best around.. very strong and the players have great respect for this guy... and he lets the game to go on which is very important.. his style of referring does not effect the tempo of the game...
Without a doubt a great man in his line of work. He's one of my favorite "soccer related" persons ... Remember ?? I even had him for a while in one of my moving avatars !!!!

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Beer sales could be limited for game

TOKYO, May 29 (AFP)

Beer sales may be limited at the Japanese World Cup venue for the England-Argentina clash as officials fear excessive alcohol could fuel hooliganism, officials said Wednesday.
"We have been discussing this issue for a long time now," said a spokesman for the Sapporo branch of the Japanese organising committee for the World Cup (JAWOC).
FIFA and World Cup organisers from Japan and South Korea are leaving the decision to local organisers and police in charge of security, he said.
But limitations could be introduced even though a major brewery is an official World Cup sponsor.
"We have been talking with Sapporo city officials and representatives of local police over whether to allow beer sales during World Cup games," said the spokesman, adding that they had yet to make a final decision.
Sapporo, the prefectural capital of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, will host the eagerly awaited England-Argentina game on June 7, which is expected to be one of the flashpoints for any hooliganism that may occur.
Hokkaido police plan to mobilize 7,000 police officers during the week of the England-Argentina match in a bid to prevent violence.
Police would recommend cancelling the planned beer sales if there was possibility of massive violence, spokesman for the Hokkaido police.
"We will assess risks from various view points and will reach our final decision," the police spokesman said.
Football's world governing body FIFA has granted US brewing giant Anheuser-Busch -- the makers of Budweiser -- permission to sell beer at stadiums despite fears from Japan it could fuel hooliganism.
But fans will be limited to one cup of beer each per visit to the bar and alcohol will only be sold from 90 minutes before kick-off to the end of half-time.
England fans went on the rampage at the 1998 World Cup, clashing with Tunisian fans in Marseille.

Beer or No beer....Its the same...if they're goint to fight outside the Stadium before or after the match..Its goinn to happen no matter waht !!!! :eek:
 

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Beer or No beer....Its the same...if they're goint to fight outside the Stadium before or after the match..Its goinn to happen no matter waht !!!! :eek:
Maybe the best option would be to put all of the beer in a big cage, and, when all of the 'fans' run in, close the only entrance. I know the Japanese are into complicated and intelligent solutions like that.
 

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Collina looking forward to Argentina v England

YOKOHAMA, Japan (Reuters) -

Pierluigi Collina, voted the world's best referee for the fourth time last January, has said he was honoured at being awarded the potentially volatile World Cup match between Argentina and England on June 7.

"I am very honoured and very proud to be called to referee such a match," the 42-year-old Italian told reporters. "My preparation has to be the best possible.

"If you can call it lucky, I have been very lucky."


A long, acrimonious World Cup history lies behind the group F clash in Sapporo, Japan.

Argentina's Antonio Rattin was sent off in the 1966 quarter-final, Diego Maradona infamously scored with his hand 20 years later and the present England captain David Beckham was sent off four years ago for kicking out at Diego Simeone.

Relations between the two countries have also been complicated by the 1982 Falklands war.

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I'm glad we are getting a no nonsense referee, not suprising either considering the reputation argentina has.
 
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