Originally Posted by Lex
I honestly believe that the British referee choose party for Spain in the finale. And no, it's not because I'm Dutch and we lost, thus I'm looking for an easy excuse or anything. I do believe in the Spanish team we met our match, we didn't play as well as we did against Brazil and Uruguay. Still in the international media we're depicted as 'a disgrace for the world cup', since during the game we got 10 (!) yellow cards.
But of all those 10 yellow cards, only one was valid, and that one was for a kick to the chest (forgot the name of the players involved). That was indeed quite a severe and unessescary act. But other than that, the Dutch team couldn't do anything or we'd get a yellow card. On the contrary for the Spanish team, who tackled several of our players but only got one yellow card. That is just plain unfair.
The Spanish team technically played better, which is why we lost, but the match was unfair due to the referee. Wether we'd won with a neutral referee is doubtfull though, but losing like this feels awkward. And again, no, I'm not looking for weak excuses here of why we lost. :)
Strange btw, how the World Cup has got my interest. I usually hate soccer.
There were more valid yellow cards, but there should have been more yellow cards for spain as well. That one red card was completely unnecessary; that spanish guy obviously just fell down in a struggle to get attention and a free kick.
The yellow card for Nigel de Jong's kick in the stomach was necessary, but you could obviously see on his face that he was shocked when he saw what he did. This was definitely not done on purpose. I believe the rules dictate that yellow cards must be given for being verbally or physically violent, not for just having a very, very clumsy moment.
I also generally hate soccer, but the world cup (and euro cup) has my interest as far as the Dutch team goes. I generally expect them to get kicked out of the tournament in the quarter finals. We have the players for the job, but apparently not the team.