I hate soccer matches where the most influential man on the pitch is the referee. That's what is happening tonight in the Italy V's USA match in the world cup. The ref has sent off two USA players, one Italian player, ignored an Italian hand ball and disallowed a goal for 9 man USA.
I don't think he is being unbalanced and favoring one team over the other, I just think he has totally altered the flow and end result of the match. Maybe his decisions were technically correct, but I'd rather see 11 v 11. It does make for a very interesting match but I cant help but feel the he will make at least one more decision that will break the current 1-1 deadlock instead of a player on one of the teams.
Update: The ref put his red card away and the USA hung on for a 1-1 draw.