Thursday, 26 July 2012

What a woefully poor performance by the referee in the GB v Senegal game

Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan made some very poor decisions during the Olympic football match between Great Britain and Senegal.  He allowed some really cynical play to go unpunished and failed to award a penalty when Craig Bellamy was fouled in the penalty box.  Alan Hansen said that it was a "stonewall penalty".  Ryan Giggs and other players were clearly indignant and justly so!  The referee's performance was evidently most unsatisfactory and incompetent.  I wonder if Mr Irmatov will continue to referee at this level again during the Olympics. He seemed to be out of his depth.

I understand that Mr Irmatov has been highly rated and has received good reports as a top class referee in the past, especially during 2009.  Today he had a very bad day on the pitch.

1 comment:

Reverend John Race alias Johli Baptist said...

It was not pretty to watch this match which ended 1-1. The quality of football was mediocre. Brazil have nothing to fear. Team GB have no chance of taking the gold medal.

Mr Irmatov, it seems, is a strong candidate for the referees' hall of shame!


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