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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 August, 2004, 11:51 GMT 12:51 UK
I was right, insists Meier
Swiss referee Urs Meier
Meier is convinced he made the right Euro 2004 decision
Swiss referee Urs Meier has reiterated that he was right to disallow Sol Campbell's goal in the Euro 2004 quarter-final against Portugal.

England went out to hosts Portugal on penalties and Meier told www.FIFAworldcup.com: "It would have been a foul anywhere in the world.

"If the keeper is pulled down by the shoulder in the penalty area the referee has to blow.

"The English press were looking for a scapegoat after their team went out."

Meier was blamed by some elements of the media for England's defeat and he is still considering whether to take action over his treatment at the hands of some newspapers.

The journalists went off the rails and it wasn't acceptable, the English press were looking for a scapegoat
nReferee Urs Meier

His personal telephone number and e-mail address were published in some newspapers.

Meier added: "This kind of intimate hostility and aggression, reaching right into the private sphere, has only really happened to footballers and pop stars but never to a referee before.

"The journalists went off the rails and it wasn't acceptable."

Meier is due to retire from international football at the end of the year and stated: "It would be a crying shame if I was to let a 27-year career be ruined by one situation.

"The European Championship was highly successful for me and all the referees.

"I'm not going to let the English media belittle my performance at Euro 2004."



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