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Friday, 18 June 2010

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The board of BP, the beleaguered ex-british petroleum company has suggested World Cup referee Koman Coulibaly as a potential Knighthood recipient. It followed Tony Hayward's grilling by the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, and came shortly after the USA's 2-2 draw against Slovenia in the World Cup.

Obviously, as a multinational company BP have no influence on UK honours, but they feel it is an issue which they are willing to put some effort behind.

Koman Coulibaly is the referee that controversially ruled against Maurice Edu's late goal that would have given the USA a win in their World Cup group game against Slovenia.

BP maintains that they have always recognised Mr Coulibaly's contribution to international football and fair play. They claim he was already ear-marked for the honour, and his completely uncontroversial management of the USA/Slovenia match only added to his kudos as an impartial judge in the beautiful game that really isn't baseball, and it's a shame it isn't cricket.

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