Johannesburg, South Africa

On the heels of the horrendous điện thoại tư vấn by referee Koman Coulibaly disallowing a goal that the United States clearly earned against Slovenia, we have another totally unjustified call.

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This one was a wild red thẻ against Brazilian star Ricardo Kaka in the closing stages of the South American team’s 3-1 victory in its Sunday World Cup match against Ivory Coast.

Wild red does not refer to a drink flavor. It refers to lớn the erroneous nature of the call. It was as wild and unjustified as the hotline against the U.S. In its 2-2 tie against Slovenia.

The same thing is being said concerning the call against Kaka that was said concerning the earlier thoroughly erroneous call. The U.S., after all, should have played a better first half, in which case the call would not have been a factor.


Also, as long as the United States takes care of business và wins a trò chơi in which it is favored against Algeria, Koman Coulibaly’s hotline will be ultimately forgotten.

In the case of Kaka, he had been yellow carded earlier based on arguing in a trò chơi that was becoming increasingly hectic as it reached its conclusion.

The red card came as a result of an effort on the part of Abdul-Kader Keita that soccer analysts are describing as much better suited for the Hollywood cinema and Academy Award consideration than activity on the pitch.


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It was Keita who ran into Kaka, as replays reveal from all angles. Kaka was not even looking in that direction and Keita appears khổng lồ have been involved in observing the kích hoạt and did not see him. Any acting performance would therefore have been spontaneous.

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Kaka had recently received a yellow card. A red card violation would over his day’s activity. Along with depriving Brazil of a premier player, the team would kết thúc the match at a disadvantage. While the 3-1 score might not have been altered by Brazil finishing the match with 10 players, if Keita was acting, the rationale was that it was worth a try on behalf of helping his Ivory Coast team.

Keita went down after running into Kaka, grimacing as he lay on the pitch. Keita’s teammate Didier Drogba, the star performer for Ivory Coast who had been the leading scorer in the English Premier League, darted over to Kaka in a state of concern.


Kaka presumably explained khổng lồ Drogba what those of us who saw the tape knew. It had been an accident and it was Kaka who had been run into, not the other way around. The brief conversation ended with Drogba walking away, apparently satisfied và giving no evidence of being upset.

So what are truyền thông media sources saying about this call? We vị not need to worry since Brazil, with its 2-0 record, will advance khổng lồ the round of 16. Kaka’s absence will not derail Brazil’s chances of winning the World Cup.

An obvious question is begged concerning those calls & their significance.

Should it, after all, require a team to be deprived of a World Cup before serious concern should be registered?

Please lưu ý that Robbie Findley will not play for the U.S. Against Algeria. What if his loss is deemed by analysts khổng lồ be a factor in a U.S. Defeat should it occur? Or if not a loss, a draw? What then?

Before Koulibaly’s gọi that caused reverberations throughout the soccer world, Findley received a yellow thẻ for handballing. The replays all showed the same thing, that the ball played Findley rather than the other way around, & he should never have been carded.

If videotape replay became an element in World Cup matches one thing would be sure. Granted, it would not be a panacea, but one thing would happen.

The play in question could be shown on giant stadium screens và referees would be compelled to view it at the same time as on-the-scene onlookers, who would be seeing it at the same time as television viewers throughout the world.