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Coulibaly won't work first set of final group games
June 21st, 2010 12:36PM
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TAGS:  referees, world cup


[REFEREES] Malian Koman Coulibaly, who disallowed Maurice Edu’s apparent winning goal against Slovenia, won't referee any of the first eight matches that will complete group play at the World Cup this week.

FIFA's assignments announced Monday included the selection of Belgian Frank De Bleeckere to work the USA's deciding match against Algeria on Wednesday.

At a media day on Monday, the FIFA Referee Committee did not answer questions about specific decisions at the World Cup.

Coulibaly was not among the referees or referee's assistants in attendance.

    commented on: June 21, 2010 at 2:28 p.m.
  1. Gene Jay
    commented on: June 21, 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
    The white elephant in the room we have to consider is Coulibaly took a bribe to throw the game against favored USA.  Surprised that has not been talked about as a likely hood.
  1. Alex Lozano
    commented on: June 21, 2010 at 4:06 p.m.
    I hope it's not just the group games that he won't ref...he should be sent home, ASAP!!
  1. Paul Lorinczi
    commented on: June 21, 2010 at 4:14 p.m.
    We need to get over it already. It's time to focus on beating Algeria and move on. The decision is not going to get overturned and he is not the 1st official to get something wrong. Slovakia's goal in their first game was offside.
  1. Christopher Vreeland
    commented on: June 21, 2010 at 5:07 p.m.
    The guy was clearly seeing things that the rest of the world did not - my particular favorite was Findley's "handball" - gets smacked in the face and, as a bonus, gets carded. Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. Time to crunch Algeria.
  1. Scott Olson
    commented on: June 22, 2010 at 11:19 a.m.
    I agree with Jay and Lozano. He should be sent home ASAP and somebody should start looking for the hidden accounts for the bribe money. I wouldn't assign this guy to do U12 Girls middles after watching that performance. That's not reffing, that's just blowing the whistle everytime someone gets in the box and pointing the other direction. Shameful, and that's coming from a fellow referee.
  1. Howard Wright
    commented on: June 23, 2010 at 7:09 a.m.
    As a fellow referee myself and also a licensed coach & player of over 50 years but unlike Scott & others who like to brag about being a referee and should know that you do not criticize a fellow referee. Remember when our #1 referee here in the states made a call during the world cup and was chastised? It was eventually proven that he made the right call. Why is it that when ever it is done by others not one of our own we cry foul like a bunch of cry babies. The whistle was blown before the goal & regardless of why it was called it is no goal. accept that and move on. Also as a referee one should know that no one can tell what any referee actually see right there on the pitch and that we are also human and capable of imperfection. What I do know from my years of personal experiences here and other countries is that there are various thinking here in the States that are not fair to others and which I will not get into for various reasons. That referee is being treated unjust and unfair and will only be used as a scapegoat also for various reasons and to satisfy certain individuals. Let him continue to do his job. Just think about how many times in numerous critical games, some of which I've personally been present that other referees may have been seen as calling the games in our favor. So stop all your griping like a bunch of spoiled brats.

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