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Everton, It Could Be Worse: Classic Video Of Ref Blowing Whistle For Full-Time As Ball Goes Into Net

It’s a good thing that David Moyes wasn’t the manager of Brazil in the 1978 World Cup. When Moyes went into a rage this Saturday after the final whistle blew in the game against Manchester United, he was upset because the referee blew his whistle before Everton had a chance to grab an injury time winner.

But in the 1978 World Cup between Brazil and Sweden, Welsh referee Clive Thomas was the center of controversy when he blew his whistle for full-time after a corner was kicked and the ball went into the net. When he blew his whistle, he turned to face the tunnel and didn’t notice that Brazil had scored from the resulting corner and were celebrating at joy at what they thought was a last minute winner.

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6 Responses to Everton, It Could Be Worse: Classic Video Of Ref Blowing Whistle For Full-Time As Ball Goes Into Net

  1. Pheeno says:

    Clive Thomas is a c**t

  2. Bren COYB says:

    It’s happened to us before,Sander westerveld hit the ball at Don hutchinson which subsequently went into the net,I think it was Graham Poll who was the ref that day and he blew the whistle just before the ball crossed the line.
    I also agree with Pheeno.

  3. MrT says:

    To compare any contemporary referee with the pompous little tw*t Clive Thomas is about the worst insult that could be directed at them. Horrible little man that he was he saw himself as something special and was always ready to court controversy in pursuit of his own fame. He robbed Everton of an F A Cup semi final vicory when Bryan Hamilton scored in the dieing moments – disallowing the goal for an appallingly incorrect handball decison which no Liverpool player even appealed for.

  4. ScouserBlue says:

    Much as I dislike Clive Thomas, he was right in that World Cup game. The only thing time was added on for in those days was for a penalty to be taken if it overran normal time. When time is up the ref SHOULD blow for full time regardless of where the ball is, whether it is in play or not.

    Same as Martin Atkinson in the Everton-Man Utd 3-3 game. Once the ref decides times is up he should blow for full time. Disappointed as I was that it possibly prevented a win, he was correct in his call if in his mind the game was over. What surprises me is how many referees allow play to go into a ‘neutral’ area before blowing for full time. They are not administering the rules of the game correctly.

    • Baz says:

      The time added on is not kept precisely to the second. If it was, you could see 3mins and 20 seconds on the 4th officials board but it’s always rounded to full minutes. So as the added time is a rough estimate, not precise, refs should have the common sense to allow an attack to finish before blowing the final whistle. Same ref gave Man U 6 mins of added time against city last season when the 4th official’s board said 4.

  5. ScouserBlue says:

    The added time shown on the board is always a ‘minimum’. The ground announcers always say “There will be a minimum of…”

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