Footy In A Week

Zidane wins golden ball, FIFA denies video use
July 10, 2006, 3:56 pm
Filed under: World Cup 2006

FIFA has announced that the dismissal of Zinedine Zidane was not through video evidence. It was first claimed that the fourth official cautioned referee Horacio Elizondo about the incident after seeing a replay of it. Both the referee and the linesman did not see the incident. By FIFA laws, referees are not permitted to use replays to make decisions. In this case, Zidane’s dismissal was illegal, and any punishment should be taken after the match in the form of fines or match bans. Alot of controversy was raised during and before the world cup, as FIFA refused to use video evidence in refereeing decisions, and the claims of the fourth official watching a replay before warning Elizondo about the incident, is only more wood to the fire.

But FIFA has come out and said that the fourth official saw the incident with his own eyes, and that although the fifth official does have a TV monitor, he is not permitted to intervene, and the fourth official has no access to video replays. A little bit hard to believe since the fourth official is placed between the two technical areas , and a large plasma screen is right in front of his face. You can see a 360 degree view of the stadium here.

This is where the fourth official would be positioned.

The screen right in front of him

And you’ve got all the questions raised over the main reason of Zidane’s headbutt. It’s clear that Zidane’s reaction was to something that Materazzi had said. People are saying it was racist or religious remark.

So the golden ball was given to Zidane. Was it a consolation prize to keep Zidane quiet perhaps? FIFA also do not usually give the golden ball to players with red cards. Would be hard to say since the award is decided by media votes, and not FIFA themselves. Zidane received 2,012 votes, Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro finished second (1,977) and his team mate Andrea Pirlo was third (715).

Other Fifa awards from the World Cup finals:

Golden Shoe (top scorer): Miroslav Klose (Germany)

Most Entertaining Team: Portugal

Best Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)

Best Young Player: Lukas Podolski (Germany)


8 Comments so far
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PORTUGAL! most entertaining team! a team that averaged one goal per game?!?
Germany was the most entertaining team in my view.

Comment by Yazeed

maybe they ment the team with most action in its games 😛

golden ball for Zidane ? thats insane

Comment by forzaq8

well zidane deserved it 9ara7a

Comment by Yazeed

“Germany was the most entertaining team in my view.”

I agree. 😀

Comment by Yellow

tara there is another video screen behind italy’s goal

Comment by Yazeed

I know, but the fourth official is directly positioned in front of the one in the image.

Comment by Carlsb3rg

its says the screens in the stadium didn’t show that head butt

Comment by forzaq8

That’s really unlikely, because the screen shows the Live TV feed, and since it was seen on TV, it was seen on the screen. Unless there was censoring involved.

Comment by Carlsb3rg

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