Originally Posted by MWM
Soccer is pretty much impossible to officiate. This guy did a good job in the first half but has been pretty bad in the second. That card to Torres was as bad as any I've seen. He didn't do anything.
The Balotelli card was awful too. He gets half of his cards on reputation and sheer size alone. He got the ball and barely got the defender. If Balotelli fouls someone, it is obvious.
But, I agree that they pretty much negated a potential divefest in the first half, except for the one Italian dive early in the game just outside the Spanish penalty area. But, the second half looked more like a game between Mediterranean powers played with random sniper shots from the crowd. I do believe that Iniesta blows out two ACL's and his left Achilles in every game.