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Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Dallas stands firm
Hugh Dallas
Dallas waved away American appeals for a penalty
World Cup referee Hugh Dallas is standing by his decision not to award a penalty to the USA during their match against Germany.

American fans blamed the Scottish official after their 1-0 quarter-final defeat.

The controversy arose when German keeper Oliver Kahn scrambled across to keep out a goalbound effort from Gregg Berhalter.

The ball was going into the net when Torsten Frings seemed to use his arm to block it on the goal-line.

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A foul can only be given if it is deliberate hand to ball and not ball to hand
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Hugh Dallas

Television replays confirmed the ball had hit the defender's right arm - but Dallas maintains he made the right decision.

"I know there was an incident in the game where the call was for a penalty to the USA when the ball hit the arm of a German player," he told the Sunday Mail.

"Without going into detail, as Fifa rules forbid me from speaking about specific incidents, I had a totally clear view.

"We are taught to judge these incidents by watching to see if the arm moves - and a foul can only be given if it is deliberate hand to ball and not ball to hand.

"If it's not intentional, it's not a foul, no matter where it is.

"Even in the debrief with the Fifa inspector where we went over the major incidents, he didn't have a problem with the way the game had been officiated.

"And that was reiterated at the main debrief in Tokyo which went well for me too."


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