2014 FIFA World Cup: Top 5 Controversies

Even before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, there were fears that some controversy regarding the protests in Brazil will hamper the charm of the World Cup. Fortunately for the organisers and the fans, there were no such problems with the protesters but there were quite a few controversies that came from the professionals of the sport. Let us take a look at the top 5 controversies that hit the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Poor Refereeing

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Frank Lampard was denied a clear penalty by Germany and as a result of that, Goal Line technology was introduced to assist the referees and reduce such errors. But the referees in this World Cup are dealted with some poor decision making. It all started in the very first match between Brazil and Croatia and the trend has continued till date. Neymar getting let off for his foul against Luka Modric, two disallowed goals for Mexico against Cameroon, Hulk’s disallowed goal against Chile, Suarez getting let off after his bite, Greece awarded a penalty in the dying moments of their final league game are some of the many instances in which the referees were below par in this world cup.

Diving by the Players

Now a days, it has become a habit for the players to earn penalties and freekicks through some cheap way which includes diving. Brazil’s Neymar did it for Barcelona in the previous season and in the World Cup, he seemed to have passed on the baton to Fred. In the first match, Fred dived inside the penalty area and won a penalty which was scored by Brazil. But the dive that spurred a lot of controversy was by Dutch winger Arjen Robben. In the round of 16 game against Mexico, Robben tried everything he could to score a goal and in the extra time after the Dutch equalised late in the match, he produced an exceptional dive inside the box and earned his side a penalty. There were many more dives in the tournaments but these two triggered huge controversies compared to the others.

Verbal Attacks inside the Ghanaian Camp

Just before their crucial must-win group game against Portugal, Ghana Football Association withdrew their players Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari and sent them home. This triggered a controversy back in the African nation since two of the team’s most reliable players were sent home. Muntari was accused of launching an “unprovoked physical attack” on Moses Armah — a member of the GFA. The GFA also added that Boateng launched some verbal comments on his coach Kwesi Appiah during the training which he claimed as banter between him and his teammates.

Italian Bite by Suarez

Luiz Suarez, who is known for his exceptional goal scoring abilities is one of the few names that is related to controversies in football and compiling a list of football controversies without his name is a difficult one. After being involved in two biting incidents in the past, Suarez repeated the same once against Italy which was a must win match for both the teams. After Uruguay took the lead, Suarez went on to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chilleini when both these players went for the ball. The referee failed to notice it and Suarez was let off. But FIFA investigated the entire incident and slapped a four month ban from professional football and a nine match International ban on Suarez.

World Cup Tickets Scam

Ray Whelan was arrested in Rio de Janeiro on July 7 for his connection with an investigation regarding World Cup ticket scalping. Whelan was the director of FIFA’s ticket and hospitality partners MATCH. He has been charged by Rio police for supplying / facilitating the distribution of tickets at a price than the original price printed on the ticket. Along with Whelan, 11 others face the charges of crime for illegal sale of tickets, corruption and money laundering.