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England-USA refs given swear word list

June 10, 2010
By Soccernet staff

The Brazilian match officials for the match between England and USA have been given a crash course in English swear words, according to a report in the Guardian.

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While unconnected with Wayne Rooney's antics during England's warm-up match against Platinum Stars on Monday, the officials have been given a list of 20 words and phrases to keep an ear out for.

"We have to learn what kinds of words the players say," linesman Altemir Hausmann said. "All players swear, and we know we will hear a few 'son of a ...'". His colleague Roberto Braatz added: "We can't do this in 11 different languages, but at least we have to know the swear words in English."

Despite the comments of the officials, FIFA denied it had distributed any such list.