Colombian forward Radamel Falcao took to Twitter Friday to criticize Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo following the 2-1 loss to Brazil in the World Cup Quarterfinal.
The injured Falcao isn’t the only one blaming the ref for sloppy officiating. It seems the whole nation blames the loss on Carballo.
The 28-year-old hasn’t played in the 2014 World Cup because of a knee injury he suffered in January when he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but that didn’t prevent him from tweeting his mind about the officiating.
Looks like he might not be that far off in his sentiments concerning the referee. According to WhoScored, 54 fouls were committed, beating the previous record of 51. Brazillian players committed 31 of them. However, only four yellow cards were handed out during the match.
Para el próximo partido acuérdense de llamar al árbitro que hoy no vino.
— Radamel Falcao (@FALCAO) July 4, 2014
Translated: “For the next match, remember to call the referee, who today didn’t show up.”
Twitter blew up with tweets from observers of the match who felt there should have been at least two red cards given. Many of the tweets ranted that Carballo had totally lost control of the match, risking injury for the Colombian players.
The referee let Brazil get away with murder for 85 minutes, and it ended up costing Brazil. Sad for Brazil, Colombia and all futbol.
— Josh Dorian (@SaltedJosh) July 5, 2014
Zero control. "Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo somehow called 40 fouls before giving his first yellow card." http://t.co/0X0FQN1Bjs
— Ana Bollocks (@anabollocks) July 5, 2014
Colombia paid price for weak referee in game, Brazil may pay the price from here. Great shame.
— Paul Kelso (@pkelso) July 4, 2014
Ultimately, Colombia had no answer to Brazil's superior use of a referee who was on their side #BRAvCOL
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) July 4, 2014
One sports writer for Yahoo Sports thought there was a simple reason for the lack of yellow and red cards during the match.
“Perhaps Carballo purposely didn’t want to show yellow cards so no players are suspended for the semifinals, as FIFA rules state that after the quarterfinal stage, all yellow cards are reset and all players are give a clean slate. It shouldn’t be an excuse, but it might have been the reason why no cards were shown for two-thirds of the game,” said Xoel Cardenas.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 5, 2014
Colombia’s James Rodriquez had the majority of fouls committed against him, and he had something to say about it.
“We fulfilled all the dreams we had. It’s a shame we have to go. I’m crying because we gave everything. Unfortunately, the referee didn’t help much. Brazil is a good team, but we gave everything so we are calm. We wanted to carry on, but we hold our heads high. Thank you Colombia,” said Rodriquez following the match.
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