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Top 2010 World Cup controversies

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NIGERIA’S RED CARD: Nigeria’s Sani Kaita (l.) reacts after being ousted after kicking a Greek player in the thigh. It was a weak kick that may not have even made contact, but Greece’s Vasilas Torosidis jumped to the ground writhing. Whether or not Torosidis was acting, the red card from Colombian referee Oscar Ruiz spoiled the team’s chances for a comeback in what was ultimately a 1-2 loss on June 17. Nigeria’s government placed security around Kaita after he received more than 1,000 e-mailed death threats form his countrymen.

PHOTO: Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

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