What happens when your favourite team wins the World Cup?
It’s a simple question.
And one you have to ask yourself, before the kickoff.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, the Socceroos will have to settle for just a 0-0 draw against Colombia.
That’s the result of a controversial refereeing decision by a refereeing panel.
The decision came as a result of an incident in the first half when Brazil and Colombia were both awarded a free kick, which was given to Brazil by a member of the Colombia defensive line.
Brazil’s defender was caught off-guard by a pass from Colombia’s Brazilian defender, who had a free-kick blocked in the box.
Colombia’s forward, Luis Suarez, was then sent off.
As Suarez was heading towards the penalty spot, referee Rodrigo Cota had to intervene to prevent the Colombian from scoring.
At the time, Cota was in the middle of reviewing the incident, which had happened just as Colombia had been gaining momentum in the match.
It was the first of many controversial decisions Cota has made during his time as a FIFA official.
Cota was criticised by the Socceroo players and coaches, who believed the decision should have been a red card, as Suarez’s dismissal had put the game out of reach for the visitors.
Afterwards, Suarez spoke about the incident with the press, saying he was “embarrassed” and “distressed”.
“I think it’s a good example of how we can be better as a team and I think it shows that we can improve,” Suarez said.
He went on to say he would “not allow myself to be an example of what happens when you’re a player.”
On Sunday, the Brazilian federation issued a statement on the matter, saying the “controversial decision” by Cota “was not made to cause an offence to the players or to interfere with the game”.
The Football Association is also facing an investigation into the referee’s conduct in the second half of the World Series. “
It is not the role of the FA to comment on any case, particularly on controversial decisions made by referees.”
The Football Association is also facing an investigation into the referee’s conduct in the second half of the World Series.
An FA spokesperson told the Guardian that an investigation had been launched into the incident and the referee was suspended from refereeing duties for three matches, and is now being reviewed for further action.
Meanwhile, the Colombia team have been handed a 3-0 defeat by their neighbours Argentina in their next group match, a result that was enough to send the hosts to the World Championships.
Despite the draw, Brazil’s team is still hopeful of reaching the knockout stages of the tournament.
“There are a lot of positives that can be taken out of this match,” Brazil midfielder Mauro Icardi told reporters on Sunday.
“[But] the draw is a big loss for us.
We know it was an important result for us, so I don’t think it will affect us too much in terms of our ambitions.”
While Cota’s decision to send off Suarez will not go down as a momentous decision, it will still have repercussions for the World Cups qualifying campaign, with Colombia likely to face Argentina in the next round.
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