U.S.-Slovenia Referee Fired from World Cup 2010

Malian referee Koman Coulibaly, who refereed the U.S. game against Slovenia Friday, June 18, has been dropped from refereeing the next round of the World Cup 2010.

Koman Coulibaly was criticized for making a questionable call in the Friday match that cost the US the game. Coulibaly disallowed a free kick for the USA, which could have been the U.S.-winning goal of that game.

FIFA agreed to review the call in question and said they would remove the referee if they found he made a serious mistake.

FIFA didn’t release a statement regarding the particular call, but they are not inviting Coulibaly back for the second round. Despite Coulibaly’s mistake that caused an uproar amongst US fans, FIFA is satisfied with their referees.

According to ESPN.com, Jose-Marcia Garcia-Aranda, head of refereeing for FIFA, said “We are very, very satisfied with the performance of the referees.”

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