JOHANNESBURG -- FIFA will censor World Cup match action being shown on giant screens inside the stadium after replays of Argentina's disputed first goal against Mexico fueled arguments on the pitch.
Angry Mexico players protested to referee Roberto Rosetti after the screens in Johannesburg's Soccer City showed Argentina forward Carlos Tevez was offside before he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory on Sunday.
FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Monday that replaying the incident was "a clear mistake."
"This will be corrected and we will have a closer look into that," Maingot told a news conference Monday. "We will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played."
Maingot said the screens were used to broadcast a FIFA "infotainment program" to fans before the match and could be used to replay some match action.
Responsibility for operating the screens falls to South Africa's World Cup organizing committee, which took charge of the 10 stadiums during the tournament.
Organizers' spokesman Jermaine Craig said he had spoken to the stadium broadcasting team about the incident.
"The goal was awarded and it happened relatively quickly," Craig said. "In retrospect, maybe it shouldn't have been shown. It was shown and unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that."
Maingot said FIFA has not yet received feedback from its officials at the match about a mass confrontation between coaches and players behind the Mexico bench as the teams left the field at halftime.
Italian referee Rosetti was at the center of a melee trying to separate heated conversations that included Argentina coach Diego Maradona.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! Why does FIFA think fans don't have the right to know?? Is this the World Cup or an rigged game of roulette in an illegal gambling hall? Is this 2010 or 1984? By keeping the supporters (who spent good hard earned money to be there) in the dark FIFA is effectively taking greater steps to move further away from replay and change history. If no one in the stands sees that the ball never crossed the line, then FIFA don't have to be held as accountable. If FIFA think we're dumb enough to not get this, they're underestimating our collective global intelligence. By taking away replay in the stands, ppl who get their hearts broken might have to wait until they get all the way back to the hotel (or perhaps until they get home!) to see what really happened. WHO IS FIFA PROTECTING HERE?!?! I feel like FIFA is being run more like the Medieval Vatican (that's not a religious insult, it's a fiscal one) than a governing body of sport supported by and supposedly for the people. World Cup? More like World Scam. It's insulting that FIFA think the masses are so stupid, as if we don't understand what thing ruling means. This could end up meaning that in all future FIFA events there will never be replays goals that are 'deemed controversial' in the stands. Considering how much money FIFA is making off all this shit, I think everyone should be pissed about it. Does anyone check the financial reports of this organization? Who holds FIFA accountable? And are they? I love this game, so many of us love this game, we alter our lives so we can watch matches, we get behind the players, we represents our regions and our countries. it's insulting to know that FIFA is knowingly taking advantage of the passion that we have for the sport to fuel their personal profit.