Wayne Rooney’s explosive nature is what makes the England striker brilliant. His fiery temper is fast becoming a thing of legend. Unfortunately for Rooney, his big mouth usually begets hoards of attention from the referees. Attention that the England forward could certainly do without.
In what seems like an aftermath of Wayne Rooney’s antics at England’s warm up game against Platinum Stars when the England striker let fly a sizeable chunk of abusive language at the local referee Jeff Selogilwe, FIFA have taken it upon themselves to give the referees and his assistants for the Group C match in Rustenburg a crash course in English swear words.
Although the Brazilian referee in-charge of England’s match on Saturday Carlos Simon is a journalist, fluent in English; he and his linesman Altemir Hausmann and Roberto Braatz, have been given a list of 20 English swear words to study in preparation for the game. Surely, the 1Goal, education for all objective didn’t imply a compulsory 20 english swear words.
I wonder if the list includes the words, ‘soundrel, crook and a shameless bastard‘, famously used by Palmeiras president, Luiz Gonzaga Belluzzo, to denounce Simon Carlos last November. Also, wouldn’t it make more sense for FIFA to train the referees better so that they improve their skills and become more proficient in spotting fouls. That way, we’ll get more reliable referees (not to mention swear-words free), who won’t make dumb calls and the players won’t have to ‘wax eloquent’.
Hausman said, “We have to learn what kinds of words the players say. All players swear, and we know we will hear a few ‘son of a…'”.
Braatz was quick to add: “We can’t do this in 11 different languages, but at least we have to know the swear words in English.”
Language is being taken very seriously and it seems ‘Respect the Referee’ campaign is still on. Though it does seem a bit unfair that only English abuses are being targeted. Looks like Wayne should listen to Jeff Selogilwe and “learn to control his temper” or maybe choose to get inventive in another language.