Just take the game between the US and Slovenia from last Friday. The referee, a Mr. Koman Coulibaly from Mali, voided a goal that was scored by the U.S. team. Nobody knows why? As a matter of fact, the Slovenians had held two of the players of the American team by the throat — and still, the lionhearted Americans managed to score. And then? The referee did not accept this goal as valid.
Man, is that unfair. That is like two siblings having a fight and the one who gets slapped in the face by his bro gets another one from his mother while the evildoer gets rewarded.
Something like this can have a real traumatic impact — which is exactly how the folks here in the U.S. felt: traumatized.
They puzzled over the fact that the referee was from Mali, which might mean that he is Muslim. Maybe he wanted to help Algeria, who is going to play against the U.S. on Wednesday? I told you: they were traumatized. No wonder someone becomes paranoid, as a natural consequence.
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