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Duarte: Dunga's return is complicated

Brazil Jul 21, 2014
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Jun 25, 2014

Referee Rodríguez erred and lacked character

The Last Call crew discuss the measures that FIFA may take against Luis Suarez following his biting incident in Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy.

The performance of Marco Antonio Rodríguez in the match between Italy and Uruguay fell short of his standards. It was incomplete. We saw two sides to the Mexican, one in the first half and another in the second.

There were a lot of fouls in the first half and he lost control of the game, and in the subsequent 45 minutes, Chiquimarco got himself involved in some bad situations.

Rodriguez allowed the protests to build up and, in the case of the Uruguayans, they gesticulated at him. I think he was lacking in authority.

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We didn't see the same Marco Rodríguez who is keen to impose his authority in the Mexican league. I think that he was lacking in character, and what we saw was a referee who let a great deal of shouting go on the pitch.

He admonished Italy's Mario Balotelli, but he failed to take the same action with Luis Suárez in the first half. The second half was no better, as rather than growing in stature following the sending-off of Claudio Marchisio, his performance appeared to worsen and the friction began to rise.

He failed to caution the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who ran three-quarters of the pitch to yell at him. He should never have tolerated this.

Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez found himself in the middle of a firestorm during Tuesday's Italy-Uruguay match.
Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez found himself in the middle of a firestorm during Tuesday's Italy-Uruguay match.

But he made his biggest mistake in the scuffle between Suárez and Giorgio Chiellini, as they both should have been given their marching orders. Chiellini elbowed the Uruguayan, who responded by biting him.

Fortunately, his decisions didn't have any impact on the final result of the match. I must stress that the bite from Suárez may be penalized. FIFA can take action without the need for Italy or Uruguay's next opponent to make a complaint.

Leonardo Bonucci's foul on Edinson Cavani in the first half looked like a clear penalty to me, and he failed to give it. The Italian not only hauled him back, but also had hold of the South American and tripped him. It was a clear penalty which the referee didn't want to give.

I would give Rodriguez a rating of seven. He didn't referee as he did in the first game he took charge of in Brazil. Chiquimarco could have demonstrated why he is the best in Mexico and the CONCACAF region, but unfortunately, he fell short.

Felipe Ramos Rizo was an international referee who held a FIFA badge from 1997 to 2003. He was Mexico's representative referee at the Korea/Japan World Cup in 2002. During his career, which ran from 1988 to 2003, he was honored as the best referee in the Mexican league and in CONCACAF from 1999 to 2003.

He is currently a commentator for Fútbol Picante. See his archived columns.