Armando Marques said that whistling is the art of thinking. The sentence opens the chapter “The Authorities of the Game”, from the book “Na Diagonal do Campo”, by Carlos Eugênio Simon. Thinking is all that current referees have given up on. It is also what the International Board has preferred to prevent them from doing by changing regulations such as the touch of hand in attack. “This orientation is meant to make it easier, but it goes against the origin of the rule,” says Salvio Spinola.
The rulebook was born in 1863 in Cambridge, and there was no referee. It was like naked: asked, stopped. The captains did not agree, and five years later the judge was born. But it only became top authority in 1894. For the first 31 years no one cursed his mother. Since 1894 is the date of Charles Miller's arrival in Brazil, with the first ball, you understand that arbitration has always been a problem outside these borders.
Despite the myth that video arbitration is being disintegrated here, there is a lot of debate in Europe. In February, Internazionale suffered a draw by Fiorentina after a penalty by referee Rosario Abisso. Interista D'Ambrosio was missed before the touch. And worse: it was in the chest, not in the hand. A month ago, in Portugal, Benfica challenged a penalty in favor of Porto against Portimonense. THE VAR, Vasco Santos, did not alert the referee and admitted the mistake later.
In Portugal, the arbitration crisis is old. There was the Golden Whistle scandal in 2004. Two years ago, Sporting accused Benfica of leaving gifts for the judges in the locker room. UEFA has indicated Benfica's innocence, but the Portuguese federation is still investigating.
Here, there was the Whistle Mafia, denounced by André Rizek, in 2005. Like here, there is a lack of credibility.
“In the past, we had referees who imposed themselves on authority and without authoritarianism,” says Simon. “Today you have to gather them all and blow the whistle.” He means that the most competent have left the command to VARinstead of interpreting as the rule dictates.
At other times, the solution was to bring in referees from outside, such as Argentine Roberto Goicochea, in the 1960s. Then Hungarian Sandor Puhl, Frenchman Remi Harrel, Colombian Óscar Ruiz and German Markus Merk in the 1990s.
At that time, foreigners became villains because of the disastrous performance of Argentine Javier Castrilli in Corinthians 2 x 2 Portuguese, semi-final of the 1998 state, Lusa impaired. Merk left Brazil saying that he would not return and that only Italian indiscipline compared to Brazilian.
In the midweek round, Fortaleza complained about the non-expulsion of João Lucas, from Flamengo. The red-black crowd questions why Gum was expelled and why nine of additions in Palmeiras x Chapecoense.
There was already debate in Portugal, Italy, in the final of the World Cup, with debatable penalty scored by VAR. THE video referee It shouldn't be a Big Brother looking for what's under the duvet. Must fix the blatant error. Only that! As long as the video does not lessen the controversy, it will not fulfill its mission and increase discredit.
Especially in Brazil. We suspect the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Why not doubt the guy whose mother we always swear at?
Because the rule was born to be interpreted, and a supposedly suitable citizen was chosen to look, think and decide. If you don't believe in smoothness – until proven otherwise – better go to the theater.
Shortly before his death in 2014, Armando Marques defined in a conversation with this columnist: “It has changed a lot. Brazilian referees today are terrible. But they are honest. ”