Referee Again

by Kieran Healy on June 22, 2006

I think the Referee in today’s Australia vs Croatia match, England’s Graham Poll, deserves his own thread. Witness the rugby-tackle by Simunic on Mark Viduka that “didn’t merit a penalty”:, for instance. Or the masterful way he forgot he had already booked Simunic when awarding him “his second yellow card”: Nothing like expert officiating from the home of the game. In the second clip, watch Simunic give the ref some backchat and then begin to walk toward the locker room. He then glances behind him and realizes that Poll has forgotten to send him off. So he got to stay on the field to collect a rare third yellow, and then be sent off _after_ the final whistle.

Don’t close Guantanamo!

by Henry Farrell on June 22, 2006

“Marty Lederman”: has an interesting post.

Go Ghana!

by Chris Bertram on June 22, 2006

Though my natural sympathy for the underdog would normally lead me to favour a backward nation labouring under the burden of historical disadvantage, I’ll be “cheering for Ghana”: this afternoon.