South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was shown a straight red in the 76th minute of Wednesday's group A match against Uruguay and it proved to be a massive turning point in what was supposed to be South Africa's fairytale World Cup. On a national holiday no less, South Africa lost to Uruguay and will now be without their first choice goalkeeper for their final group match. So who is coach Carlos Alberto Parreira blaming for all of this? The referee, of course -- Massimo Busacca, who incidentally was banned for three matches by the Swiss FA last year for giving a group of fans the finger.
Says Parreira about the red card via Football365:
"I haven't seen it properly because there were players in front of me."
OK, that's always a good start.
"But the players are annoyed, very disappointed. Everyone said it was the worst referee so far. He was giving yellow cards that weren't yellow cards.
"He doesn't deserve to be here."
And that's how you get considered for a suspension by FIFA. Of course, after losing to Uruguay, Parreira may not be around much longer himself, so pursuing this further could just be a waste of time. Even still, you can probably guess what Busacca's reaction to Parreira's comments would be.
Fun fact: This made Khune just the second goalkeeper to be sent off in a World Cup match. The only other was Italy's Gianluca Pagliuca, who earned a red for handling the ball outside of his area against Norway in 1994.