And now we know how Croatia fans felt during the men’s World Cup final 2018. If I was rooting for the underdog Spain I would definitely be miffed right now. It was a penalty, but a soft one to call. That’s why I laugh when people say things like even though Australia was hard done by the refs they should of overcame it. At the highest level it’s all about small margins. If the refs start helping one team, the other team is done. It’s kinda sad USA won with no goals from open play. Truth is refs are pressured to help the big name / big money teams. Liverpool’s pk in the first couple minutes of the champions league Final vs Spurs. The Perisic handball pk at the men’s final last year. At least it wasn’t a clear dive like the play preceding Griezmann’s first free kick goal in the men’s wc final. There’s still something to argue about. At high speed any little bump will cause you to fall. At high speed it’s impossible to move your hands out of the way to prevent a handball. It’s up to the refs if they want to ruin the game by calling soft fouls / handballs. Don’t blame the player. Blame the ref. But dont blame the ref, blame the rules which are so general as to bring on this amount of arguments. All sports enjoy the crappy rules, the controversies give people something to talk about and attract people to the sport. It’s called FIFA FairPlay even though all their rules and their implementation undermine anyone’s sense of fairness lol. I can’t wait for the forum banter when France USA play. It’s sure to be a s*** show. Hopefully it’s not a lame foul / pk fest where the ref determines the winner.