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One game into the World Cup, and referees are already in the spotlight. The refereeing standards at the World Cup are always hotly debated, and Yuishi Nichimura made sure this one won't be any different after a controversial performance in the opening match Thursday. So the World Cup has its usual refereeing furor earlier than usual.Though Nichimura is a full-time referee at his second World Cup, his display revived complaints from Europe about varying standards. Any matchup between a South American and European team is tricky for FIFA because it requires a neutral referee from a continent where fewer high-intensity matches are played. While FIFA never publicly criticizes its referees, Fred's successful flop means Nichimura is unlikely to stick around for the final this time.
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