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Queen's Ire Raised by Negated Goal

Associated Press
Sunday, July 5, 1998; Page D13




To any remote thoughts that Queen Elizabeth might have of becoming a soccer analyst, the sport's leadership has one comment: Don't give up your day job.

A FIFA official said yesterday that the British monarch was speaking from inexperience when she criticized a referee's decision that negated an apparent go-ahead goal by England in the second round of the World Cup.

"One is not amused," the queen told Eric Milligan, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, as they watched last Tuesday's match at the Palace of Holyrood House, a royal getaway in Scotland. Argentina won in a penalty shootout, eliminating England.

Keith Cooper, FIFA's chief spokesman and an Englishman, said he reluctantly had to disagree.

"As one of her majesty's subjects, I hesitate to make any comment on her majesty's statements," he said yesterday. "I'm not sure her majesty has a better understanding of football than the referee does. Maybe one of her grandchildren does."

Gentlemanly Play
A member of the French team was praised, not for scoring a goal but for passing up a chance so he could help an injured opponent.

FIFA said Emmanuel Petit displayed "a gesture of outstanding sportsmanship" when he kicked the ball out of bounds near the Italian goal as Luigi Di Biagio lay on the ground in the middle of the penalty box during the final minute of overtime. Play does not routinely stop for injuries in international soccer matches.

Di Biagio was not seriously hurt and remained in the match.

Deering Signs With MLS
U.S. national team midfielder Chad Deering, who spent last season with U.S. teammate Claudio Reyna with the German club VfL Wolfsburg, signed with Major League Soccer. A native of Plano, Tex., Deering was assigned to the Dallas Burn. . . .

The chairman of the English Football Association wants Glenn Hoddle to lead England into the next World Cup despite the team's second-round exit this week. Keith Wiseman was quoted in the Sun newspaper as saying England was "in safe hands" with Hoddle as coach.

Down to the Wire, Again
France's quarterfinal victory over Italy on Friday was the 12th time a World Cup match was decided in penalty kicks, and the first time the host nation won.

Mexico lost to Germany in 1986 and Argentina beat Italy in 1990 in previous penalty-kick tiebreakers.

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