Because of the vast language differences that regularly exist between the players on the field and referees, you'd think it be easy for players during the World Cup to express their displeasure without ramifications. Well, FIFA, the tournament's governing body, is putting a stop to that.
In anticipation of England's match against the US, Brazilian referee Carlos Eugenio Simon and his assistants have been given a list of 20 English swears to be alert for, so if any of the players get unruly, they can be penalized.
British superstar Wayne Rooney in a warmup match the on Monday was cautioned by the referee after he yelled "fuck you" to him. The ref warned Rooney that come World Cup play that kind of outburst could lead to a yellow card.
"We have to learn what kinds of words the players say," Altemir Hausmann, one of Simon's assistants, said. "All players swear, and we know we will hear a few 'son of a…'"
Simon's other assistant, Roberto Braatz added, "We can't do this in 11 different languages, but at least we have to know the swear words in English."
I'm most impressed with a list of 20 swears; I'm going to see if I can name them all after the jump, join in and help me round out this list!!!!
Obviously, not all these words are "swears" but I'm guessing any of these in the right (wrong) context could be enough to get one in trouble.
- Ball licker
- Son of a whore
- Piss head
- Fart knocker
- Cum dumpster