mikh wrote:Sorry, I don't enjoy this talk about refs, but I also can't agree with your conclusions @meteo.
Romania got on average 3 suspensions per match (3+4+3+2+4). Yesterday they got 10! Highest in the competition so far!
Can you honestly say they were the most brutal team in the competition, by far, yesterday evening?
And again, if that's the line of the refs, fine. But let it be for both teams. It's not about the "german refs" or "kiribati refs", it's about the refs from last night which took the majority of bad decisions against one team, added to the context of bad refereeing throughout the competition.
And of course players are the main actors in the game, coaches as well... but we cannot pretend refs are not a factor in a result. Especially in handball, in which refereeing is so subjective and can lean the balance on one side or another. Sports is about being better than your opponent and improving yourself; sometimes in handball it seems you have to better two additional guys, or try to guess what pleases them, in the best case.
Well there is nothing to discuss in total because we disagree. Most of the punishments that Romania got yesterday were okay and it didn't even got a big impact on the outcome of the match because they compensated well with the additional player in attack. And yes, most of the given suspensions were quite okay. And looking at Czech Republic they were not as equal in their way of defense, so there is no need in my opinion that they should receive 10 suspensions too. And if we talk about negative calls than Cech could complain about the line of the refs regarding "defending inside the goal area" for instance. Romanias biggest problem was no good performance of their goalkeepers and being to depending on Neagu. When she got tired they lost their advantage.