Tuesday, April 22, 2008

You Have Got To Be Kidding ...

UEFA insists on choosing referees on a continent-wide basis for its glamour competitions, as does FIFA worldwide. (Remember the Russian referee who scuttled the Portugal match in the World Cup?) So, on Tuesday afternoon we have a minnow from Austria taking charge of a European Cup semifinal. Fine, give the smaller countries their due. But when it comes to deciding which side parades that oversized cup around Moscow in May, can we please leave it in the hands of the professionals?
I have no rooting interest in this tie, but when you signal (albeit a minimum) 4 minutes of injury time,  and the 'Pool's John Arne Rise scores an own goal well into the 5th, well ... you have to be ready to answer some serious questions. Advantage, Chelsea. But, has it been earned?