Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez’ decision to give Australian Tim Cahill a red card was…unjust.
It wasn’t outside of the realm of possibility. He did foul him, and it wasn’t from the front. Even so, I doubt most give that a direct red card. In my opinion, there were about 3 English tackles yesterday that were more dangerous. It wasn’t a particularly hard challenge, his studs were down, it wasn’t in a particularly dangerous area, and it appeared that Cahill stumbled going into the challenge. Cahill’s shocked face wasn’t an act either.
It’s quite a shame for the Aussies, as Cahill is their best player. Losing to Germany, even badly, isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker. But losing the Fulham star makes it hard to even imagine Australia advancing now in one of the World Cup’s toughest groups.