FIFA deny claims of clampdown

10 June 2010 09:40
FIFA have dismissed reports that World Cup referees have been briefed to brush up on English swear words in a bid to clamp down on dissent in South Africa. Several newspapers suggested that England players were to be targeted by officials in the light of Wayne Rooney's angry tirade during a warm-up game. South African referee Jeff Selogilwe claimed the fiery Manchester United striker had insulted him during Monday's victory over local side Platinum Stars. He also suggested that Rooney could find himself in hot water should he repeat the behaviour when the tournament gets underway. However, FIFA insist they have not issued an edict to referees to clamp down on English profanities. "No such list has been distributed to the referees," said a spokesperson. Brazilian referee Carlos Simon has been confirmed as the man in the middle when England begin their Group C campaign against the United States on Saturday.

Source: ESA