Thursday, June 10, 2010

Referees for USA-England World Cup match studying English obscenities

BY Bobby Melok

Thursday, June 10th 2010, 10:53 AM
Referee Carlos Simon and his assistants are trying to learn as many English obscenities as they can before Saturday's USA-England World Cup match.

The referees assigned to the US-England World Cup match are brushing up on some of the more colorful words of the English language before the players take the pitch on Saturday.

Referee Carlos Simon, along with assistants Altemir Hausmann and Roberto Braatz, have been studying English swear words, so that players won't be able to verbally abuse each other behind the officials' backs.

FIFA requires World Cup refs to be proficient in English, but has denied reports that it gave them lists of obscenities to look out for.

"We have to learn what kind of words the players say," Hausman said to Brazillian TV station Globo Sport.

The referees have let all 32 teams know that the rules include the possibility that players could be given yellow or red cards for using obscene gestures.

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