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Klinsmann sceptical about USA-Belgium referee choice

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The United States coach, Jurgen Klinsmann has raised his concerns about the assignment of an Algerian referee for their last 16 tie against Belgium in the World Cup. 

It was announced on Saturday by FIFA that Djamel Haimoudi -  a veteran of the last two African Cup of Nations as well as two group-stage matches from this World Cup, would be refereeing the game. The matches which he has overlooked include England's final group game against Costa Rica and the Netherlands 3-2 win over Australia.

But the decision has concerned the the German as he believes that the French speaking official will be able to communicate better with the opposition.

The Belgium manager has dismissed this and he has no fears over how the referee will carry out the match as he claimed that this is football and that he is not there to talk but to officiate. 

Klismann on the other hand bitterly raised his feelings over the issue in his press conference on Monday. 

"Well, we hope it's not a concern," he said at a news conference. "Is it a good feeling? No."

The US coach was questioned about decisions before his last match against Germany as the situation was made clear that a draw in that game would see his side and his motherland nation, Germany into the next round. Despite this Klinsmann turned away any motives to keep the scores level as he adamantly claimed they would play to win. In the end the matter was out of their hands as Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 meaning their 1-0 defeat to Joachim Low's side was irrelevant. 

After delaying their plane journey home, USA fans are in good spirits and although soccer isn't respectively known nationwide back home, there has plenty of coverage for the tournament. 

The USA team will be hoping that the choice of officials doesn't dictate the match and the US Soccer Federation President, Sunil Gulati, who is a member of FIFA's ruling executive committee has breezed over the comments of the manager and respects the decision that has been made. 

According to USA Today, Haimoudi has had his fair share of the limelight. Two years ago it is claimed that he was assaulted by Al Hilal team president, Mohammed Al Birair during an African Champions League semi final. 

The publication also makes light over the last time an African referee worked on a U.S match at the World Cup. There were appeals from the Americans when Koman Coulibaly (Mali) disallowed a go-ahead goal in the 85th minute against Slovenia where the game finished 2-2. 

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