Football

Published: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 12:29:31 AM
Updated: Saturday June 21, 2014 MYT 12:30:40 AM

FIFA drops linesman who ruled out Mexico 'goals'

Linesman Humberto Clavijo of Colombia looks on after signalling an offside during the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas arena in Natal June 13, 2014.    REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Linesman Humberto Clavijo of Colombia looks on after signalling an offside during the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas arena in Natal June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A linesman who ruled out two goals for Mexico in their opening World Cup match against Cameroon has been taken off the refereeing team for an upcoming game, world soccer's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

Colombian assistant referee Humberto Clavijo controversially disallowed two first-half 'goals' for Mexico for offside in a game they eventually won 1-0.

A FIFA spokeswoman said the decision to replace Clavijo for Sunday's Group H match between South Korea and Algeria had been taken by the organization's refereeing committee. He will be replaced by Ecuadorean Christian Lescano.

(Writing by William Schomberg; editing by Ken Ferris)

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