Thursday, October 20, 2005

Brazilian replays looking ugly

The reply matches caused by the referee scandal continued yesterday. Of the five games replayed, only one of them ended the same way as the original outing.

Vasco da Gama beat Botafogo 1-0 (Botafogo won the first meeting 1-0). This result has caused even more anger in the hearts of Botafogo fans as they had an early goal disallowed due to a suspected push. Also, the goal striker in Vasco's goal was offside, but no call was made.

Corinthians were awarded a 3-2 win over Santos (a game they first lost 4-2). I say awarded because the game was called early due to a pitch invasion after Corinthians went up 3-2 on a controversial penalty call.

In the one match that the ref had admitted to trying to fix, Figueirense were denied the full points they earned in the first meeting when Juventude got an injury time equalizer (please note that the ref said he tried to fix the match against Figueirense).

Paysandu was able to overturn their 2-1 defeat at the hands of Cruzeiro by winning 4-1 last night. The loss means Cruzeiro only gets 1 point out of the 6 they had previously got from their 2 'controversial' games.

The only result that stayed the same was Ponte Preta's beating of Sao Paulo.

This is turning out real ugly for the Brazilian FA. With fears of fan violence on the rise, I wonder how bad things are going to get. This season will always be regarded as tainted regardless of what happens, so all they can do is try and make something out of it. Sad times down South.


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