June 20th, 2010

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FIFA changes Yellow Card Rule


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FIFA has changed its rule on yellow-card amnesties at the World Cup to reduce the chances of big name players missing out on the July 11 final. Germany's Michael Ballack in 2002, Italy's Alessandro Costacurta in 1994 and Argentina's Claudio Caniggia in 1990 are the best-known players to have missed World Cup finals after picking up second yellow cards in semis.

So for this tournament, world soccer's governing body has shifted its usual amnesty for yellow cards from the end of the first round until after the quarter-finals instead. That means players would only miss the final if they receive two yellow cards -- or of course a straight red -- in a semi-final game, rather than in the past when they may have carried one yellow card going into a semi.

"FIFA simply said we want to give the best players a chance to play in the final," spokesman Marius Schneider said. "The discussion first came up when Ballack was ruled out."

England fans remember the old rule well because of Paul Gascoigne's tears during their semi-final in Italy in 1990. Although they eventually lost to Germany, the always emotional Gascoigne wept on the pitch when he received a yellow card that would have ruled him out of the final.

Red card rules remain the same. A red carries at least a one-match suspension and possibly more if the disciplinary committee considers the offence particularly serious. So, in theory, a player red-carded even before a semi-final could also miss the final.

Referees have generally been praised for their performances so far at this World Cup, although Germany were furious at Miroslav Klose's sending off against Serbia for a second bookable offence and the United States believe they were denied a legitimate third goal in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia.
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World Cup 2010 Day 10

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10:00 EST/16:00 CET: Italy v New Zealand

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Fitness Coach Walks Out of French Training


KNYSNA, South Africa — France team director Jean-Louis Valentin says the national team is refusing to train following a dispute on the practice field.
Valentin also says he has resigned from the French football federation, shouting that he was "ashamed" of the team.
The team arrived at training Sunday but a few minutes after taking the field, fitness coach Robert Duverne stormed away from an argument with coach Raymond Domenech. Duverne threw his accreditation badge to the ground after the heated discussion and walked away.
The players then boarded the team bus.
The French team is in disarray after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for insulting Domenech, whose tactics and management skills have been called into question.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Source: Google New / AP Press

just heard about this while watching the new zealand/italy game... i have to say, i'm not all that surprised. also my first post here, please tell me if i did anything wrong ;____;

EDIT some twitters that people have posted, continually updating (im assuming) on the situation:

France's World Cup Twitter
Tom W Football
Football - mö; shout it from the rooftop


hellllllo i just have a small favor/request to ask~

for the life of me i cannot find the originals to ANY of the pictures in this collage by duonglnt:

i was directed to a site but it only had a select few WC shots so any help could be great.

and i have nothing else to offer except maybe some german love k baiiii

tyfyt bbs~ ♥