U.S.-Slovenia Referee May Be Fired from World Cup

Malian referee Koman Coulibaly, who refereed the US game against Slovenia Friday, June 18, is being reviewed by FIFA and may be dropped from refereeing the rest of the World Cup 2010.

Referee Koman Coulibaly was criticized for disallowing a free kick in the U.S. vs Slovenia World Cup game on Friday, June 18. The free kick could have been a potentially U.S.-winning goal. According to Yahoo! Sports, Coulibaly may be dropped by FIFA for the rest of the World Cup.

U.S. player Maurice Edu appeared to put the U.S. one goal ahead of Slovenia in the 86th minute, putting in a shot after Landon Donovan’s free kick to him. But the goal was waved off by Couilibaly and it was unclear on whom the foul was called or what the foul was.

After the match, U.S. Player Landon Donovan said he asked the referee what the call was but did not get an answer.

“We asked the ref many times what it was or who it was on and he wouldn’t or couldn’t explain it,” Donovan said. “I don’t know what to think of the call because I didn’t see any foul, just a normal free kick and a goal.”

“If he is found to have made a serious mistake, especially one that affected the outcome, then he would be highly unlikely to play any further part in the tournament,” Yahoo! quoted the source as saying. “FIFA is determined to keep refereeing standards high and does not want high-profile mistakes.”

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