The referees who will be available for the Quarter Final Matches tournament were announced today and it is no surprise that the referees who were involved in the tournament’s major controversies will be going home.

So the World Cup journey has finished for Koman Coulibali of Mali who disallowed a perfectly good American goal in the final minutes of the match against Slovenia and for Stephane Lannoy of France who allowed a Luis Fabiano goal to stand despite the Brazilian striker handling the ball twice. He also wrongly sent off Brazilian star Kaka.

Also leaving South Africa are Roberto Rosetti of Italy who allowed an offside goal by Carlos Tevez of Argentina in the match against Mexico and Jorge Larrionda of Uruguay who failed to spot that a shot by England’s Frank Lampard had crossed the line in the match against Germany.

In all 10 of the 29 referee teams originally selected have been axed.

The participation of some who have been retained will depend on the results of their own national teams in the quarter final matches of the competition.

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