I’d have to disagree. The ref had a really poor game. The elbow was a clear red. She let countless fouls go unpunished where feet were left in after the ball had been played and as it went unpunished it continued. A referee has to apply the laws of the game towards the actions that occur on the pitch. They shouldn’t shy away from punishing transgressions for fear of the offender’s further actions.
When Houghton was taken out, the opposing captain was on her haunches screaming in her face, when she’d clearly been fouled. That was down to the ref’s total lack of control; the players felt they could get away with what they wanted. How she didn’t book her for those actions and send off the player who fouled Houghton is beyond me. On both occasions the ref was let down by the lines person.
I could understand why the Cameroon players felt upset but to act in the manner they did should be punished by FIFA. My kids were watching that puzzled as to why so much went unpunished.