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Players Dive, and the Refs Don’t Thrive

Sepp Blatter says the World Cup has the best and most qualified referees. I’d hate to see the ones who didn’t make the cut.

ETHAN FINGEROTE

Spring Valley Lake

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I read with astonishment Grahame L. Jones’ view that the referee was to blame for the Portugal-Netherlands fiasco.

Funny, I didn’t see the referee kick anyone nor waste time.

If the players are childish, stupid and violent, do not blame the referee.

ROBERT L. CHESNEY

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Simi Valley

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After watching all the yellow and red cards being handed out in the World Cup, at least now I realize that not all the lousy referees work in the NBA.

RALPH S. BRAX

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Lancaster

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Such writhing and grimacing and rolling around

Those brave World Cup players just drop to the ground.

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And if they can act like a maniac lecher

They get to be carried by the men with the stretcher.

PAUL CAREY

La Canada

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I would like to respectfully remind Grahame L. Jones that the World Cup trophy has in fact been “held high by an American.” [June 23] That is, an American woman, in the FIFA Women’s World Cup of 1999.

AIMEE M. INGLIS

Anaheim

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