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IC08 Flashback - International football's most controversial moment

International Cup 2011

With just a few days to go before IC11 we thought we'd flashback to the most controversial moment in International Cup history.

South Africa, regarded by some as the AFL's favoured nation, trailed Ireland by 5 points in the playoff for 3rd, with just seconds to go in the match. A controversial free kick was paid but the South African was almost certainly too far out to score the needed goal. The siren sounded and he was forced to kick to win the match... as he ran in... well there are 2 versions. The Irish say he ran around the mark, thus play on, game over. The umpire said the Irishman on the mark moved over the mark first, thus a 25 metre penalty. The result was a shot at goal from much closer in, a straight kick and joy for the Africans and bitter anger for Ireland.

The AFL released video of the incident which they said supported the umpires decision. This author saw it live at the ground and first instinct was umpire error. Watching the video many times I felt it was just too difficult to really know one way or the other.

Is this now the greatest rivalry in international footy? Will the two nations cross paths again in 2011?

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IC08 Flashback - International football\'s most controversial moment
Authored by: Ian Hill on Tuesday, August 09 2011 @ 02:53 pm ACST

At least it's great to see that good old Aussie umpire barracking has worked its way into international footy!

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IC08 Flashback - International football\\\'s most controversial moment
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Thursday, August 11 2011 @ 09:29 am ACST

It's hard to say, isn't it, did the man on the mark creep and therefore perhaps spook the player taking the kick? 

Or, was the umpire focussed on the man on the mark and missed the movement off the line by the kicker?  What it does perhaps indicate is that for such a kick after the siren, the umpires need to get set up perhaps with one in line with the kicker and the man on the mark to observer the deviation off the line of the kicker, whilst another has to be like the square leg umpire and adjudicate the man on the mark. 

But, even so, in a which player flinched first situation, it's very difficult for the umpires to get right.  A bit like run outs in cricket, and they've resorted to slow mo replays.

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