Finally, the wait is over as the next FIFA youth tournament started today with a more likely "calm" match between England and Korea DVR. Well, the expression "calm" is perhaps not meaningful enough as it was simply boring. Consequently, it is unnecessary to say too many words on this match and the referee's perfomance. This Group F encounter was refereed by the Brazilian Wilson Seneme along with his assistant referees Emerson de Carvalho and Alessandro Rocha de Matos. The team had no bigger problems with this match although some minors could be observed and again some circumstances which annoy me (at least since the last World Cup), but at first, the referee comes.
Well, he was a personality in the field and managed to have the full control, even though the match was pretty easy. Most of the midfield duels were evaluated in an adequate way; the assistant referees were good as well, as far as I could judge it (see below in the FIFA-paragraph..). Of course, it was not perfect, he missed some fouls in the midfield, but that goes without saying when you decide upon a lenient style, as Seneme obviously had done prior to or during the match. So he missed one clear foul of a Korean player and perhaps, it was a yellow card as well. However, we saw a referee who needs bigger matches..
Three circumstances made me upset: First, I do not understand why FIFA focuses thus much on cautioning players for kicking the ball away or pulling their shirts off. These instructions which led to a harsh yellow card to an English player are simply out of the place. It was according to the Laws, however, he must be then consequent to book a Korean as well for interrupting a quick execution of a free-kick. Anyway, they should concentrate on how to detect fouls like foot-up-tackles. This was a good beginning in Mexico when many referees immediately cautioned these fouls with a straight red card. The second and third things which annoy me are more of technical nature: if I counted correctly, there were three replays in the whole match. No offside situation was replayed; I do not know why, but perhaps the director fell asleep by this match as well.. And finally, it is ridiculous that the official FIFA scoreline said: ENG 0-0 KOR. The KOR stands for Korea Republic and not for Korea DVR. It had to be PRK, an impossible condition.