Nigeria’s Osaze Odemwingie slams poor officiating
characterized Nigeria’s 2-0 loss to France in the Round of 16 game of
the World Cup played on Monday.
Osaze described the officiating of American referee, Mark Geiger, as
not only appalling but against what the General Coordinator for the game
between Nigeria and France, Walter Sieber of Canada came to preach to
the Super Eagles in Campinas, the Nigerian team base camp.
The former Bendel Insurance FC of Benin striker was particularly
pained by a rebuffed penalty appeal, after he was held down inside the
French box by an opposing defender during a corner kick.
“I recall that when the Canadian came to us he showed us a film of a
defender holding down a striker in the vital area in the course of a
game and he was very clear that it should be a penalty,” Odemwingie
“I was then shocked that when I was held by the waist by a French
defender, so much so that I could not move with the referee watching at
close range, the man waived play on instead of a penalty and a possible
expulsion for the player.
“Fifa should not make the world believe that they use double
standards at the World Cup, I am shocked that even the media is keeping
quiet over the blatant officiating.”
He also criticized the cancellation of Nigeria’s opening goal and the
brutish hacking of teammate Ogenyi Onazi, inferring that the
officiating in the game oozed of conspiracy
“It was obvious that some forces wanted France to defeat us at all
cost but one day Africa will get at par with the rest of the World in
football,” he lamented.
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