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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 July, 2005, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK
Tackling Skills - HWC England v Ukraine
The Homeless World Cup is taking place in Edinburgh
The Homeless World Cup kicked off in Edinburgh on 18 July - and you'll be able to catch all the latest action from the tournament right here.

Four graduates from the BBC Tackling Skills project will be reporting on all the games throughout the week-long tournament, which will see 32 countries and over 250 people taking part.

Here is a report from England v Ukraine

England 2-4 Ukraine - by Sean McCann

Another controversial decision from the match officials lead to a disappointing loss for England.

Ukraine went ahead early in the first half scoring one, but England fought hard and managed to pull one back before the end of the half, from a blinding Gary Whiteside goal.

After the start of the second half there was no stopping Gary Whiteside who drove another two for England taking them 3 - 1 up.

Jo Jo Maybin was sent off by a referee that wasn't even officiating the match - he jumped off the stage on to the pitch squared up to Maybin, showed the blue card and sent him off.

During this appallingly officiated match, not only did the score keepers manage to give a goal that was scored by Gary Whiteside to the Ukraine, the referee also wouldn't stop the match for repairs to the pitch.

In the media box even the Ukrainian journalist said it was 3-3 but the official score after much deliberation was England 2-4 Ukraine.

After the match I spoke with the referee and he said:

"The score keepers got a goal mixed up and gave England a goal that the Ukraine should have been given that they didn't even score,"

He went on to say:

"The official score will be the score that was given at the end of the match."

I also spoke to the street soccer officials and they said:

"We had it that Gary Whiteside scored a hat-trick and the Ukraine scored three themselves so we've got 3-3."

However, the official score at the end of a heated debate is England 2-4 Ukraine.

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