The International Football Federation (F.I.F.A.) met in Paris yesterday (Saturday, Feb. 14th) to select 30?
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Background: The International Football Federation (F.I.F.A.) met in Paris yesterday (Saturday, Feb. 14th) to select 30 referees to officiate at the final games of the World Cup in Mexico City in June.
The referees chosen by the Federation are drawn almost evenly from South American countries and from Europe.
There has been some ill feeling between Europe and South America over refereeing..... after the 1966 World Cup finals in Britain, several South American countries were critical of European referees.
The trouble stems from differing interpretations of the rules on physical contact....European referees allow shoulder charges and hard tackling, but Latin American referees penalise this sort of play harshly.
Of the 30 referees chosen for the Mexico finals, IS are from qualifying nations, and 12 from finalist nations. Of these 12 three are from Mexico and the others evenly divided between both sides of he Atlantic.
Although some British newspapers have suggested recently, that British referees would be put out of the finals, two British referees are among the 30 chosen.