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Manilal Commends South Africa

Jul 3, 2010 3:15:59 PM - thesundayleader.lk

By Hafiz Marikar

South Africa who won the right to host the 2010 World Cup, has done a splendid job with the final due to take place today at Soccer City in Johannesburg, said Sri Lanka’s Football Chief Manilal Fernando, who has been in South Africa watching the final round games
“The South African authorities have provided a good security system for all teams, officials, fans and  visitors,” he said dismissing the pre tournament security concerns.

Fernando said that this World Cup presented the most number of teams taking part in the tournament’s history. “However, it was sad that refereeing mistakes were seen and the two teams who were affected were Mexico and England.” He said that the FIFA Chief Sepp Blatter has apologised for the referees’ blunders.

The first quarter final was played between Netherlands and Brazil on Friday, with Uruguay versus Ghana on the same day and Argentina versus Germany yesterday and today, Spain playing Paraguay.

Fernando said with FIFA in charge of the referees, the question now with FIFA chief is what to do in future with regard to errors. He is all out to make room to improve match control using technology.

He said that after the 1990 World Cup , FIFA created a task force ‘Football 2000′, in which they had to use some amendments to the laws of the game.

“It is an ongoing process at FIFA and on my personal agenda. In October-November, we will present a new model on how to improve high-level refereeing.” He said that FIFA boss Sepp Blatter is all out do the needful to protect referees. He has said that FIFA has the responsibility to take adequate measures to avoid such situations in future.