Twenty-eight female guards were unfairly dismissed by a security company because the client‚ Metrora.
To the extent that Lebo Mashile took my piece personally and was hurt, I apologise. That was never my intention. My point remains though, being fat is not healthy.
That was last week.
Today I can say that we learnt some valuable lessons from hosting the FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup. We know now, surely, that xenophobia is not cool. That’s why we supported Ghana?
We know too that we are better at staging world events than some of the best nations in the world. Only fifteen countries have ever hosted the FIFA World Cup. Statistics show that South Africa has been the best host of them all, with the lowest crime rate of any soccer world cup event ever staged and the least number of fan-on-fan violent incidents, beating America and Germany. That’s remarkable.
We know that we can unite as a nation behind a common goal. You remember those South African flags on our cars, the potpourie of supporters for Bafana-Bafana, you recall Soccer Friday. That was delightful.
These are great lessons that can take us far into a bright future as a nation.
Now what did FIFA learn?
Hopefully the organization knows that referees make very few mistakes when it comes to spotting fouls like late tackles during a game, but that it is near impossible for them to call off-side correctly, hundred percent of the time, even with the help of assistant referees. This needs correction because it leads to wrongly allocated goals.
The thing about an illegal goal allowed or a legitimate one denied is that it disrupts the psychological composure of the aggrieved team, leaving it open to conceding a goal directly after the bad decision. The result is a double-blow-in-one. It is grossly unfair. I hope FIFA learnt this on our shores.
To solve this, FIFA must introduce goal-line technology and take a leaf from the tennis book. Give each captain three chances to query a referee’s decision in each half. If he’s incorrect, the captain loses a chance. If the referee’s wrong, the captain keeps whatever’s left of his query chances. The captain can question any decision, but once he’s used up his allocation of three opportunities within the half, he cannot query any decision. This would add an exciting strategic angle to the game.
Finally, I hope FIFA learnt that red cards alone don’t stop people like the Uruguayan Suares from illegally stopping legitimate goals. For this reason, I think the player who does what Suares did should be carded and the goal given, with the referee only allowed to decide whether or not the stoppage was deliberate. If deliberate, the referee should hand out a red card to the offender, if not, then a yellow card. That way, there would be no reason for any player to stop goals illegally.
On the other hand, if a player scores a goal illegally, it should be disallowed with the player simultaneously red-carded for the effort.
That could work. That’s fair. No?