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Fletcher & The Mediterranean Culture

Darren Fletcher bemoans the referee's nationality after Scotland were knocked out by Italy.

The game, lost 2-1 by Scotland, was officiated by a Spanish referee, Mejuto Gonzalez and according to Darren Fletcher, this contributed to Scotland's downfall.

'First of all we heard he was going to be German, then we heard he was going to be Norwegian and then finally he was Spanish, so we were shocked.

'The Spanish and Italian games are quite similar and maybe our energy and the way we close down is seen as over-aggressive, and we gave away a lot of fouls.

'But we are used to this in Europe and it's part of the game.

'It's disappointing but sometimes our style of play doesn't get rewarded by the referee.'


I suggested before that this particular officiating style does no good for English teams playing in European competitions. It can be quite frustrating to see challenges you deem to be absolutely fair and acceptable being judged as fouls.

Yet I think it's only a matter of intelligence to get over it. If the players are tactically astute and sufficiently prepared they can adapt to the referee's style. Unfortunately, coaching in Scotland (or England, by the way) simply does not prepare players for these kind of problems. The British commitment to pace, power, aggressivity and work-rate often leads to coaches overlooking the importance of shrewdness and preparation.

Writer:Zae
Date:Monday November 19 2007
Time: 4:37PM

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gotta say it was a shocking decision that last minute free kick and I thought the Scottish crowd were fantastic!
merlin
19/11/2007 19:13:00
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It was a shocking decision but so were 2 others in the game that balanced it out for the scots. Italy had a perfectly good 2nd goal and Scotlands goal is offside for me. They had a great run though. Was not expecting them to challenge France and Italy like they did.
gunnerkid107
19/11/2007 22:50:00
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It was a shocking decision of Fletcher to let his man have a free header. Fletcher should look at himself as he had a very poor game
sport
20/11/2007 10:47:00
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agree very bad decision and again the crowd were amazing.......
ernshaw
20/11/2007 22:11:00
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It was a shocking decesion. But Fletcher was awfull. The worst player on the field Fact. Scott Brown, the best midfielder that Scotland had was taken off for Kenny Miller, Miller was worthy of a start in my opinion. But Fletcher should have been taken off instead.
RK's-Back-GIRFUY
21/11/2007 20:46:00
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