Players were warned before the World Cup that holding and grabbing would result in a penalty, but referees aren’t cracking down, U.S. forward Clint Dempsey said.


Referee Koman Coulibaly took a game-winning goal from the U.S. on Friday. Reports have suggested the referee called Dempsey for a foul as Landon Donovan whipped in a free kick.


“If you freeze frame that play, three of our guys are in a headlock,” Dempsey said yesterday.