World Cup 2014 diary: Bosnia outraged by ‘celebrating’ referee following early elimination
Paul Bignell is an Assistant News Editor at The Independent. He has previously been the acting News Editor of the i Paper, a home news reporter for The Independent for one year and a reporter for the Independent on Sunday for six years.
Monday 23 June 2014
New Zealand referee Peter O’Leary is facing calls to be sent off after an image appeared with what looked to be the official “celebrating” with Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama immediately after their 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday. An online petition to Fifa has already collected some 20,000 signatures to remove O’Leary from the tournament. The referee drew widespread criticism after disallowing a perfectly good Edin Dzeko strike for offside after 21 minutes. Eight minutes later Peter Odemwingie fired the Super Eagles in front.
Costa Rica can clear £3,000
There is, at least, one England fan who still has a smile on his face. Meet Scott Jardine, 41, who picks up a £3,000 windfall if Costa Rica beat England tonight after being the only person in the country to back the outsiders to win all three group games at 600-1. Jardine, from Worthing, who builds beach huts for a living, said: “I didn’t fancy England at all and I thought Costa Rica were the team who would be best suited by the conditions.” However, he then let slip: “I’m an England fan but I’m half Scottish.”
Harry tries to help
Praise the Lord for reasons to finally be cheerful: the “Party Prince”, Prince Harry, flew in yesterday in just the nick of time to cheer on England as they look for some sort of salvation against Costa Rica tonight. Harry, who watched Brazil play Cameroon as his South American tour began yesterday, is on a seven-day trip to Brazil and Chile. Included in his itinerary is a visit to the Sao Paulo drug district known as “crack land” where he will be lined up for a Princess Diana moment.
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