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"An infantile Colombian coffee picker wearing a dunce's hat and holding a Fifa referee certificate. [Fifa should] immediately return him home to the coffee plantations and drug kings for a life sentence with the message to never again show up at a World Cup." "BT", a Copenhagen tabloid newspaper (not a telephone company) on Snr John Toro Rendon, the referee who sent off two Danes against Saudi Arabia.

"For still unknown reasons somebody in Fifa has equipped Toro with [referee] clothes, a whistle and not least cards. And those he used. Mostly blindly." "EkstraBladet", another Copenhagen tabloid.

"This squad, bound for four years now by Kasperczak's words of caution, no longer knows how to attack, how to play offensive football or how to take risks. [Losing to Burkina Faso in the African Nations' Cup this year] should have prompted the federation to sack Kasperczak." "La Presse", newspaper, Tunis, loses faith in Tunisia's coach, Henryk Kasperczak.

"With 10 men against 11 what had already been a difficult task was made virtually impossible. However they held out for as long as they could by closing ranks and rolling up their sleeves." "France Soir" on Saudi Arabia.