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Top 2010 World Cup controversies

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VOIDED US GOAL: Mali referee Koman Coulibaly (in yellow) didn’t explain why he called a foul and refused to take questions from the press for why he disqualified American Maurice Edu’s game-winning goal against Slovenia. The June 19 match, which saw the US (in blue) mount an incredible comeback from a 0-2 deficit, ended in a tie. “He accomplished what no one else could do in more than 100 years,” wrote Paul Kennedy, the editor of Soccer America magazine. “He made Americans care passionately about soccer.” Mr. Coulibaly was not chosen to continue officiating in the second round of the World Cup.

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