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Has Chile tainted the U-20 tourney?
Fri, July 20, 2007

With Chilean tempers already boiling at some questionable officiating in their just-completed 3-0 semi-final loss to rival Argentina, chaos reigned supreme in the area of the Chile team bus, which was parked just outside the stadium.

According to witnesses, police used a stun gun on a member of the Chilean delegation as players were trickling onto the team bus, leading to a rukus featuring broken glass and pepper spray.

The incident is a wart on what to this point had been a successful event.

The big question for FIFA is how the situation last night got out of hand in the first place.

Send us your thoughts on the rukus on and off the pitch.

Chile is seeing red



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First the black is not on Canada. The black eye is squarely on FIFA and Chile. This is a clear demonstration of how bad teams (the red cars were totally warranted)behave when they play above their capabilites and then their world comes crashing down. FIFA knows that diving and rolling around on the ground pretending to be dead is part of the game. FIFA does nothing about it because they believe it is part of the game. Chile took their loss like little chidlren and trhew a tantrum after the game and they got spanked for it. Send them home! and tell FIFA to clean up it's act before we allow them back into CANADA.
Blair, 2007-07-22 10:20:22

Of course, once again it's Canada's fault no matter what the facts. And in true Canadian fashion we must apologize and pay someone millions of dollars to right this wrong. I can't help but wonder though, if we are such an atrocious nation, why isn't anyone leaving?


Stevie Harper, 2007-07-22 09:58:49

Not sure why people assume the police are telling the truth. If they can't control a situation with a bunch of unarmed teenagers without it escalating, someone should be demoted.
Tim Bee, 2007-07-22 09:00:13

I live in Korea right now, I know if I act inappropriately, the police wouldn't think twice about using force.
Matt, 2007-07-22 08:13:25

Why are Canadians allowing this boring, so called sport of soccer to come to Canada.

It is on the same level as wrestling, except that wrestling fans are smart enough to recognize that it is all acting and phoney,and not a real sport.Every country that allows this stupid spectacle enacted, has experienced riots and deaths. Leave the soccor actors and their stupid fans else where !
B Wilford, 2007-07-22 08:07:25

Quoted "Natalie Alcoba"

CanWest News Service

Saturday, July 21, 2007

"..government accusing Toronto police of unjustified aggression after officers allegedly beat, tasered, and pepper-sprayed members of the Chilean Under-20 squad. Just days after Prime Minister Stephen Harper touted relations between the two countries,...a formal complaint with the Canadian government, demanding an explanation about what happened. The players said they were going to greet a throng of supporters and sign autographs by their bus when they were "attacked" by police officers for no apparent reason. several teammates suffered head, back and knee injuries after being tasered and hit with batons; at least one player sought hospital attention. Teamates had to smash the windows of their bus because they couldn't breath inside."I never thought something like this could happen. It was very crazy, I never thought the police were going to hit us," Chilean soccer officials called the aggression uncalled for. "I personally saw that the police of Toronto did not act as our police (force) is used to acting with people that are just playing a football game," Chilean soccer federation president Harold Mayne-Nicholls said. "We cannot accept those kinds of things coming from the police. Our players are 19, 20-year-old kids. They were playing football and they never deserved the treatment that they were receiving." "We are shocked, we can't believe it," "And because it's Chile, nothing will get done. Chile does not have influence with FIFA. The players will get blamed for this, and nobody is going to look at how the police reacted. These are kids. There was no need to use such violence."

"violent repression" used by police officers against unarmed athletes. "The visual images of this event bring to the memory of many Chileans similar events in the political past of Chile; these are very painful images for the Chilean community of Toronto who suffered police brutality under the Pinochet regime," WE ARE IN CANADA PEOPLE NOT A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY, WE SHOULD ACT LIKE IT..
Mary Gonz, 2007-07-21 23:30:50

It's really too bad that just when soccer is making a much larger contribution to Canadian sport, we have an incident like this. I'm not talking about the Chilean players, but the pathetic excuse for a referee for that night's game. In any sport it is expected that the ref or ump is a neutral voice to the game. Unfortunately for FIFA and soccer in general, Wolfgang Stark had no control and a complete disregard for the rules of the game. I know as well as anyone that there is a large amount of diving and whining in soccer, but the calls made that night were horrendous. Any fan of the game who can blame the Chilean team for being irate, obviously wasn't watching close enough. Instead of putting all the blame on the reaction, why not look at what caused it? Can this be reviewed by FIFA and disciplinary action taken? Of course it can, but there won't be any. And that would piss me off too!
Sloane, 2007-07-21 22:25:34

For the record, Chuck, Canada did take responsibility for their action in 1987 even though the blame was likely not with our team. Further, our players weren't trying to attack a referee (or fan) during that incident. On the other hand, Chile has refused to take ANY responsibility for their behaviour, instead choosing to label Canadians as 'racists' without any acknowledgement of our country's demograhpics, immigration policies or acceptance of Chilean refugees during Pinochet's regime. And all this over a football game...that's really nice.
Dan, 2007-07-21 20:18:56

Go play hockey!!!

Fotball is for SouthAmerica-Europe-Africa
Gonzalo, 2007-07-21 19:45:58

Like the large majority of latin players who feint or enahcne injury, Chile's U-2- layers over reacted and displayed typically unsportsmanlike attitudes and behaviour on and off the pitch long before the final whistle blew..they were dealth with accordingly, lucky for them they were not from a First Nation in Canada where this limted and reduced response by police/armed forces is not the norm.

You would think a country that lived with pinochet whould also be tolerant of such limited aggression.
Kahkakew Yawassanay, 2007-07-21 19:43:41

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