Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, international football’s governing body, says the behaviour of the players marred the World Cup final in which Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0. Referee Howard Webb handed out 14 yellow cards on Sunday, nine of them to members of the Dutch team.
Mr Blatter told reporters that, as far as fair play went, the final was not what FIFA had expected. Responding to criticism of some of the referee’s decisions, he said that neither team made Mr Webb’s job any easier. He defended the absence of technology in refereeing, saying it ensured the game retained a human aspect.
Meanwhile, a survey indicates that 55 percent of the Dutch believe Spain was the better team during the final. A further 54 percent of those questioned feel their national squad were guilty of too many fouls on the pitch. However, 94 percent of the Dutch are proud of the national team’s overall achievement despite their final defeat.
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