World Cup referees learning English-language obscenities to deal with abuse

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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 19:05
German to English
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Appalling! Jun 10, 2010

So English and US players will get booked for swearing in English but North Koreans etc can swear away and nobody does anything!! UNFAIR TO WAYNE

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Steve Booth  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:05
Member (2007)
English to Arabic
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don't know if it makes a difference Jun 10, 2010

I was a referee for years and at one time lived in Cyprus and refereed matches involving Cypriot teams. Now my Greek wasn't very good but the amount of Greeks i sent off for using abusive langauge was amazing. Why? Because there is no point calling the referee a *&%^&*( if he doesn't understand what you are saying so they very kindly did all their swearing and insults in English.

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philgoddard
United States
German to English
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. Jun 10, 2010

I just wanted to say thank you to both previous posters for making me laugh.

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