The Mark Geiger Investigation
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FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia:
Matchday 2 - Group B: Portugal v Morocco
Referee: Mark GEIGER (USA)
ASR 1: Joe FLETCHER (CAN)
ASR 2: Frank ANDERSON (USA)
4th Off. Sergey KARASEV (RUS)
Res.Ass: Anton AVERIANOV (RUS)
This petition comes as a response to the controversial decisions* taken by the referee during the aforementioned world cup match between Portugal and Morocco. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the first to use the VAR technology and football fans around the globe had big hopes for the impact it can have on the transparency and fairness of the game. Moreover, due to the alleged claims concerning the bias in the referee's judgement, asking the Portuguese star for his jersey after the game, we, signatories of this petition, cordially ask from FIFA to:
1) Investigate the alleged claims held against the referee.
2) Investigate the neutrality in judgement of the referee, Mr. Geiger, as well as the rest of the refereeing corps (including the people in charge of VAR who are supposed to call the referee for review).
3) Incorporate better vetting processes when choosing referees for events such as the World Cup.
*The controversial decisions include, but are not restricted to, the foul by Pepe preceding the only goal of the match, two hand balls inside the penalty area, as well as a foul on N. Amrabat...
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