In the second half of the match between Togo and Switserland, Paraguayan referee Amarilla showed us a new trick. He asked his assistant to measure the right distance for the defenders while he could place himself on the spot he wanted to stand to overlook the free kick.
All this was done through the communication device of course and it kept the pace in the match, but is it an innovation? Assistents on the field? Maybe.
Thta's all I can say on the positive side, because Amarilla didn't do a very good job in a not very difficult game for a referee. For instance: he didn't give the Togolese a penalty, where he even might have given them two.
Perhaps Carlos Amarilla didn't like Adebayor, the star of Togo. Adebayor is a good player but also a bit of a one man circus act. Adebayor gives angry up-yours signals to his mates when they do something wrong, Adebayor yells at the referee (and got booked for it). Maybe Amarilla would have listened to anyone else but Adebayor. So when the Togo star took off on his own towards the Swiss goalkeeper and was hit by defender Mueller with a backward kick inside the box, Amarilla ignored it. Probably Adebayor made the long rush just to get a penalty, but that isn't the point. Adebayor was right to be angry at Amarillo.
Well, both teams weren't very good but the Swiss won. Not because they were better players, but because they were more of a team. And they had the referee more or less on their side.