JOHANNESBURG - FIFA will censor World Cup match action being shown on giant screens inside the stadium after replays of Argentina's disputed first goal against Mexico fueled arguments on the pitch.
Mexico players protested to referee Roberto Rosetti after the screens in Johannesburg's Soccer City showed Argentina FCarlos Tevez was offside before he scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory Sunday.
FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said Monday that replaying the incident was "a clear mistake. ... We will work on this and be a bit more, I would say, tight on this for the games to be played."
Maingot said FIFA has not received feedback from officials about a mass confrontation between coaches and players as the teams left the field at halftime.
England loses match ... and underwear
As if a 4-1 defeat to Germany wasn't bad enough, English players had clothing and other articles stolen from their hotel rooms.
Cleaning staff in Rustenburg stole uniform shirts, a medal and even underwear from players, police said Monday. Little cash was taken - about $750. The thieves seemed interested in souvenirs, such as a United States uniform shirt an England player received in a postmatch trade. A medal awarded by FIFA and underwear also disappeared in a spree police say began June 21.
The thefts were reported to police Saturday. Police solved the case within a day, searching the homes of hotel staff. All the stolen items were recovered, and a special World Cup court convicted five hotel workers Sunday. They were sentenced to three years in prison and fined about $800.
- Barcelona FThierry Henry agreed to leave the club by mutual consent. Henry helped Barcelona to a record six major trophies in 2009. But the Frenchman scored only four goals last season, his third with the club. He had one year left on his contract.
- French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said he will quit Friday after a dismal World Cup.
- Part of Germany's celebration of a win over England was reveling in belated revenge for a disputed goal 44 years ago. The Berliner Kurier headline: Yes! That was the revenge for Wembley. And Bild commented: "Thank you, football god! After 44 years, Wembley has finally been equalized. Now the English know how we felt the whole time."
Ghana FAsamoah Gyan is expected to play Friday against Uruguay despite an ankle injury. ... Uruguay DDiego Forlan (left thigh) jogged Monday, apart from the squad's drills.
Round of 16
Quarterfinals Semifinal Championship Semifinal Quarterfinals Uruguay 2 Germany 4 Uruguay Germany South Korea 1 England 1 2:30 p.m. Friday, ESPN 10 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 28 United States 1 Argentina 3 Ghana Argentina Ghana 2 (extra time) July 11
2:30 p.m., Ch. 28 Mexico 1 2:30 p.m. July 6, ESPN 2:30 p.m. July 7, ESPN Netherlands 2 Paraguay Netherlands 10 a.m. today, ESPN Slovakia 1 Japan 10 a.m. Friday, ESPN Third-place game
2:30 p.m. July 10,
Ch. 28 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 28 Brazil 3 Spain Brazil 2:30 p.m. today, ESPN Chile 0 Portugal
Quote of the day
"Everyone sees the joy we bring to the game, whether it is how we play or how we celebrate it. It's a Carnival of football, bringing together in one place beautiful play, beautiful parties, and, let's be honest, beautiful women. Who in the world would not love that?"
Andre Brito,taxi driver and Brazil fan