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FIFA Report Fails to Address World Cup Referee Errors


Germany's Thomas Mueller (R) celebrates after scoring their fourth goal, as England goalkeeper David James (L) lies on the pitch during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa,

Germany's Thomas Mueller (R) celebrates after scoring their fourth goal, as England goalkeeper David James (L) lies on the pitch during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Germany and England at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa,

Football's world governing body, FIFA, has issued its official analysis of the recent 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the report does not address specifics of key referee errors.

Regarding the shot by England's Frank Lampard that hit underneath Germany's crossbar and went over the line, FIFA said England "thought they had equalized but the goal was not given."

The report also said, "the Mexicans were somewhat unfortunate to fall behind after half an hour" when Argentina's Carlos Tevez scored from an offside position.

FIFA defended referees in a separate section of the report, which said 142 of 145 goals awarded were correctly given. In referring to errors, FIFA wrote that it was clear there were some serious errors and they are being "meticulously analyzed to learn from them and improve future training plans."

FIFA questioned whether many players were too tired after long seasons to peak in South Africa. The report also said that African countries harmed their chances on home soil by employing foreign coaches.

It said "the coaches' chances of success were limited by the fact that they often did not fully identify with the African culture, mentality and lifestyle or knew too little about these factors."

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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