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Disgraced Olympic Ref

I'm Sorry

I Screwed Spain

8/7/2012 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Boris MargetaThe Olympic water polo referee who was fired from the London Games for blowing a game-deciding call is taking FULL RESPONSIBILITY ... telling TMZ he wants to apologize to Spain.

In case you didn't know ... Boris Margeta was banned from officiating any more 2012 Olympic matches ... after he disallowed a goal that should have counted in Spain's July 31st match against Croatia.

TMZ spoke to Boris and he tells us ..."It was very bad. After I saw the replay I knew I made a mistake." He adds, "My apologies to Spain's team."

Spain lost the game 8-7 and Croatia went on to take the lead in their bracket.

The good news, Spain's still in the running to medal ... they finished 3rd in bracket play, securing them a spot in the quaterfinals.

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

LDB    

What a spain in the ass

785 days ago
2.

seducedaltruist    

Joder!
Mierda!
Whaaaat da ****!

785 days ago
3.

BlindFury    

The Olympic officials can do everything but reverse/review a bad call on the fly. What do they say? "Try again in four year buddy, sorry."

785 days ago
4.

ipoopedmyselfandismellnow    

who cares, they won the world cup and euro football thing. they can't be too greedy

785 days ago
5.

LiLo's boy toy    

It happens, now if he profited from the call that's different but if he called it as he saw it, dont they do replay in cases like that?

785 days ago
6.

Dale    

They should next can that incompetent ref for the atrocious calls made that allowed the US to beat Canada in the women's soccer quarters.

785 days ago
7.

Meanie    

oh for **** sakes, they have video replay in hockey, why not the olympics? Jeezus, this is 2012, no 1912.

785 days ago
8.

BellaJ    

He looks hot in the picture. And he can apologize and admit when he's wrong. He sounds like a catch! I'm just saying...

785 days ago
9.

karlew    

So when will the ref in the womens soccer semi final get banned and apologize? Her calls were just as bad as this guy's were.

785 days ago
10.

RD    

You have to give the guy credit for admitting that he made a mistake. A lot of people can't do that even when presented with evidence.

785 days ago
11.

amsjll    

There is so much BS with judging in the Olympics. If they want a to challenge a call they have to PAY the judges. They get their money back if the call is changed in their favor, but its still so very wrong. Judges should know that every call can be challenged and there should be instant replay. This is the 21st Century.

785 days ago
12.

DC    

Stupid reff BUT TMZ you should also mention the terrible refereeing that happened in yesterday's game that gave the US the win on a silver platter in the Canada vs US women's Fútbol game... Canada was clearly robbed because of the ref's horrible decisions

785 days ago
13.

Revelations    

Add to the list the referee Christiana Pedersen who robbed Canada a chance at the final against Japan in women's soccer.

785 days ago
14.

Northerner    

nice to see a judge or referee taking responsibility for a mistake!

785 days ago

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