Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Klinsmann unhappy with referee selection
by Paul Kennedy, June 30th, 2014 5:09PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  belgium, men's national team, referees, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL 2014] Jurgen Klinsmann says he doesn't have a good feeling about Algerian referee Djamel Haimoudi, chosen by FIFA to officiate Tuesday's USA-Belgium game in Salvador, but gives it "the benefit of the doubt."

"He is able to speak French with their players on the field, not with us," the U.S. coach said in Monday's pre-game press conference, "and it is a country we beat in the last World Cup. Sometimes I don't understand FIFA. I know it is difficult to always choose the right referee for the right games... We give it the benefit of the doubt."

The USA advanced to the second round in 2010 with a 1-0 win over Algeria. The Fennecs were playing Germany after Klinsmann made his comments in Salvador.

Haimoudi, 43, will be working his third World Cup game after Netherlands-Australia and Costa Rica-England. He worked at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, 2012 and 2013, where he did the final.

"We know that he did already two games so far," added Klinsmann, "and he did them very well, so we wish that he continues his refereeing the perfect way he's done so far."



Klinsmann also said Jozy Altidore would be available after training with the USA for the first time since he picked up a hamstring injury in the Ghana opener.

"We have no fear at all," Klinsmann said. "I think it is going to be an exciting and hopefully entertaining match. We feel fresh, we have recovered well after every game so far. We feel we have just started this adventure."


8 comments
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 6:57 p.m.
    More favors being given to a European team. Why am I NOT surprised? U.S. had to travel farther...they were never expected to go on to the round of 16 (Germany and Portugal were the favorites)...it's been terrible. The fact that most of the FIFA members are European (8, including the President, the Secretary General and 3 of the 7 VP's as well as other members) it's just NO WONDER that it went this way. It's as if they WANT the U.S. to fail. It would be UNTHINKABLE for the arrogant FIFA members to see the U.S. actually go to the quarterfinals! :P

  1. Kent James
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 8:52 p.m.
    The zen master is working the refs before the game even starts; praising him ("we wish that he continues his refereeing the perfect way he's done so far") at the same time he accuses him of a pro-Belgian bias (because he speaks French and the US defeated his country at the last WC), essentially challenging the ref to prove he's not biased against us...we'll see how this strategy works out, but I'll admit to its devious brilliance.

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 9:27 p.m.
    Would, could someone out there confirm the fact that at one time or another, the sageful FIFA nitwits determined that game officials would be assigned to games that did not include teams from their confederation? Supposedl this was done in order that refs would be "impartial..."

  1. Xavi Hernandez
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 9:30 p.m.
    When we're trying to get parents, players and coaches to treat refs respectfully it's not helpful to have the national team coach question the referee - before the game starts.

  1. John Hofmann
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 9:39 p.m.
    Mr. Fonseca. With reference to your comments, did I hear it correctly that a Portuguese referee officiated at the Netherlands-Mexico game yesterday?

  1. Zoe Willet
    commented on: June 30, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.
    Surely Klinsmann understands French, being German which is a neighbor to France? Not to mention the other German-Americans. And Bedoya, whose club is in France? And anyway, why should an African ref favor a European team?

  1. Chris Sapien
    commented on: July 1, 2014 at 12:01 a.m.
    I guess that depends on your definition of "respectfully" Xavi, but well stated

  1. New WorldOrder
    commented on: July 1, 2014 at 10 a.m.
    Klins is right to question this and he probably thought he had to after watching Mexico vs Netherlands game where a Portuguese ref favored the Netherlands heavily. Fifa thieves!!


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Power Rankings    
[MLS: Week 32] A classic encounter left the LA Galaxy, No. 1 in the Soccer America ...
Guardiola is happy to be back in Rome    
[UCL: Three Games to Watch] Two matches involving former champions, plus Pep Guardiola's return to Roma ...
Klingenberg golazo highlights another easy U.S. win    
[CONCACAF WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP] The USA cruised into the semifinals of the Concacaf Women's Championship with its ...
Concacaf Women's Championship Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Saturday] Trinidad & Tobago beat Guatemala, 2-1, on late goals by Kennya Cordner of the ...
Agudelo trial at Wolves ends    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Juan Agudelo's search for a club continues as English League Championship club Wolves passed ...
MLS clubs in position to outdo Mexican rivals    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] The group stage of the Concacaf Champions League concludes with Week 6 with ...
What They're Saying: India Premier League    
"Heaven has gained a defensive midfielder; apart from the hard tackles and the breaking up of ...
Bielsa sits on cup of coffee    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Not everything is going right for Marseille's coach Marcelo Bielsa, whose ...
U.S. under-14 girls national team roster    
[CARSON CAMP] Head coach April Kater has called up 35 players (with one more to be ...
What They Saying: Emilie Jacquot    
"It is unanimously positive. The FIFA scandal had an excellent impact on our brand awareness." -- ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives