Penalty could be swift and harsh for World Cup referee

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The referee who waved off a potential game-winning goal for the United States in the 86th minute of the opening round match on Friday will face a performance review from FIFA and is likely to be banned from the rest of the World Cup, according to a FIFA source.

Koman Coulibaly from Mali disallowed Maurice Edu’s apparent goal on a free kick from Landon Donovan that would have given the USA a 3-2 lead over Slovenia and potentially put the U.S in the driver’s seat of Group C. Coulibaly reportedly ruled that American midfielder Michael Bradley had impeded a Slovenian defender, even though replays showed that Bradley was actually blatantly held, and head coach Bob Bradley claimed he saw three infractions on the play all by Slovenia.

“It is up to FIFA for what they do about him,” said U.S midfielder Clint Dempsey. “But it wasn’t just the goal. They were holding and pushing and grabbing and putting themselves in there. What are you supposed to do?”

Either way, the damage is done, and the Americans can still control their own destiny, and a win against Algeria on Wednesday will clinch a sport in the round of 16 for the U.S.

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