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Coffi Codjia

Coffi Codjia (born December 9, 1967) is a Beninese football referee.

An international referee since 1994, Codjia was a referee at the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2006, the FIFA Confederations Cup in 1999 and 2003 and the African Cup of Nations in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, in which he was the referee for the final, and 2010

Codjia was one of the 38 preselected referees for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but did not make the final list of 30.

Coffi Codjia refereed the Algeria v Egypt match in the 2010 African Cup of Nations. A total of three red cards were handed out to Algerian players. After the game, CAF decided to ban Coffi for failing to give out a red card for Algerian goalkeeper Faouzi Chaouchi, when he head-butted the referee. Chaouchi was furious with Coffi's call for an Egyptian penalty kick which was badly executed by the Egyptian player that made him confront the referee and appeared to head butt him. Coffi showed Chaouchi only a yellow card for his behavior. However, Chaouchi eventually was sent off near the end of the match for his second yellow card. This incident and the subsequent suspension is likely part of the reason he was not included in the list of officials for the 2010 World Cup.[citation needed]


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