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Jun. 18 2010 - 12:19 pm | 436 views | 0 recommendations | 3 comments

World Cup refs make Jim Joyce look good

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! The United States has completed an improbable comeback victory from 2-0 down to take the lead 3-2! What a victory! Exhilaration as millions around the country suddenly realize that soccer doesn’t suc….

Hold on. The ref took that goal away? We weren’t offsides. If anything, one of our guys was getting fouled. Downright bear-hugged even.


“It was the guy’s first World Cup game, so maybe he got caught in the moment,” said U.S. star Landan Donovan, of Koman Coulibaly — the ref from Mali — who seemed to be watching a different game all day. Here’s some more info about today’s horrible refs.

I hope Jim Joyce was watching, because that ref just made him look good. Real good.


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    Jim Joyce was required to make a split-second safe/out call. All that this referee was expected to do here was nothing…and he managed to mess that up.
    Alternatively, he could have called a penalty on Slovenia. Those were basically his two options.

    Also, the hand-ball call on Finley was ridiculous, and now he’s out of a must-win game for the U.S.

    P.S. Coach Bradley said that if the U.S. can’t beat Slovenia they don’t deserve to advance. VERY lucky for him, then, that there was this waived-off goal or else he’d be forced to admit that the U.S. doesn’t deserve to advance.

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    Moreover, Jim Joyce had the guts to admit he got the call wrong. A FIFA official would never do that. Never. If I meet Jim Joyce, I’m going to buy him a drink. If I meet Coulibaly, I’m going to punch him in the ‘nads.

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