Friday’s Alright for Injuries

12 Aug

Every football game carries equally the potential for the spectacular and for the horrific. Take the USA vs Brazil match last Friday during the U-20 Women’s World Cup. USA managed to secure the win with a late goal but not before plenty of bumps, shoves, and injuries were littered around the pitch. The worst injury involved USA midfielder Mallory Pugh, captured in the photo above. And if you think this photo looks bad, take a look at the video:

Brutal. Amazingly this studs up tackle produced only a yellow card for midfielder Djenifer. There was no replay of the incident in the stadium due to FIFA restrictions so we didn’t know the severity of the tackle at the time. We just knew Pugh was subbed off and receiving treatment at the bench. Seeing the video afterwards though, I’d say a red card certainly would have been in order.

One could have been in order later in the game too, when USA striker Lindsay Horan decided to force her elbow all up in Djenifer’s face.

Another yellow card instead. Some fans considered it a retaliation shot for Pugh’s injury, and maybe it was. But I say it was just a matter of time before Horan was booked for something. She had more than a couple questionable actions throughout the game.

And over in the Ghana vs Korea DPR match earlier that day, Italian referee Carina Vitulano pulled up lame and collapsed on the pitch in the first half.

She limped off for treatment on her knee, only to come back on and collapse again. There was no limping this time, as medics stretchered her off the pitch.

This was a first for me, and I suspect for many spectators, as I’ve never witnessed a referee substitution before. In this case, the fourth official subbed in and took over the referee duties. There is no word as to injury severity but I hope it is not too serious.


2 Responses to “Friday’s Alright for Injuries”

  1. headbandsandheartbreak August 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm #

    OUUUUUUUUUUUUUCH! How the hell did that not get a red?!


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