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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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I have watched several of Chile's games and from the beginning with there taunting of Canada in a game they clearly dominated to several matches including Nigeria were the same diving and flopping around won them their opportunity to even play Argentina. A Referee should not have the one sided effect it did last night but it is clear that soccer needs to address the theatrics of diving. In the end the game win went to the most theatrical team and not to the necessarily to the best team of the day.
kevin, 2007-07-20 11:47:29

I saw the Argentinian player fake a kick to the head and then the Chilean player get carded.

That was probably one of the worst fakes I've seen in soccor. The referee made a bad call. This happens in soccor.

As soccor goes, the frustration just gets worse and the cards just keep coming. I would say if the Argentinians are known for faking injury, the ref should be well aware of this fact. The refs usually cool the game down when they know they have made a bad call by carding the other team.

These are young guys and tempers will fly. I believe the ref lost total control by being so one sided. Its important to choose your refs wisely. It can make or break the tournament.

Refs have to card players that fake injury. This has always been the trouble with soccor and seems to be getting worse.
keith, 2007-07-20 11:44:25

It has become quite clear to me that acting has become a big part in being successful in the game we here call soccer. Last nights game was proof of that, on both sides. Did the REF lose control? Yes! Did the REF determine the outcome of the match? Yes! Did the Chilean team lose control? Yes! Did the Chilean team determine the outcome of the match? Yes! Was the confrontation with the REFs on the pitch, after the match, appropriate? Certainly NOT! These young atheletes have to learn how to accept defeat with grace, regardless of how it came to be. Let's not forget the fans as well. Since when was it acceptable to throw items from the stands? Last nights display on and off the pitch, by some players as well as some fans, was unacceptable. As a side, Uruguay's antics following their loss was pitiful too!
Mike, 2007-07-20 11:37:37

There was a comment about the Chilean player kicking another player in the head, thank goodness that person was not the referee in that game. If you look at the replay you can see that the Argentinean player actually kicked the Chilean player on the leg and the Chilean player retaliated by kicking in the direction of the Argentinean player, but never made contact. If the red card was for intent to injury, fine, but as always the first foul was missed!

The main question is, “Has Chile tainted the U-20 tourney?” The answer to that should be a resounding NO. Sure they lost their cool, but after such poor officiating, you can only expect things to get out of hand. I hope FIFA reviews this game and train their officials at how to spot a dive. If players are such experts at diving then officials should be trained at how to spot a dive and take the appropriate action. It seems like officials call everything outside the 18 yard box, but if it is in the 18 yard box their skills are so tuned they know when it is a dive and when it is a foul! Where was the official when Arturo VIDAL was taken down in the box near the end of the game? Argentina and the Referee tainted this game…


Clem, 2007-07-20 11:37:09

Its a shame that a game's outcome should be decided by an overzealous official . These young players worked so hard to get to the semifinals only to get their dreams crushed by a referee with a god complex. What kind of message does that send to our young people that have the same dreams of one day becoming world champions ? How can Argentine players be proud of a win like that ? They should be ashamed , resorting to those antics. I don't take it away from them that they are one of the best teams around , so how about they win with skills rather than resorting to diving and acting on the pitch . I truly hope that FIFA takes a close look at the game and this questionable official , fair play should start with the referee . As for the police officers involved in the aftermath , shame on you , you would have never acted like that had they been Canadian players involved . Racism is alive and well and

living in Toronto. The Chilean team should be proud they made it this far with heart and determination and they should know that they didn't stand a chance against the referee.Viva Chile.
Angel Perez, 2007-07-20 11:36:53

Brain Aalbers,

Are you even a soccer fan? What you witnessed last night but that German referee was a disgrace to FIFA. Be accounatble for your actions, if the referee can't handle that level of play then he should go back to TIMBIT soccer. In this case the ref made a MANY poor decisions and affected the outcome of the game...

Makes you wonder if this refree has a savings account in Buenos Aires...
Phil Bergeron, 2007-07-20 11:31:54

It would have been a terrific game, if not by the theatrics/diving (mastered by Argentinians), and some very silly referee that absolutely fell for it. Even with one and later 2 players more, Argentina did not seem a superior team. I agree, the game was stolen, and I also agree, the chileans reacted in the wrong way.

Emil
Emil Moore, 2007-07-20 11:30:53

I am not canadian, but I am a soccer lover. I really feel angry for what happened tonight. There's no possible reason for the police reaction. I seems to be Guantanamo or something similiar, but nothing releated with a sport center.

I hard to that the canadian are so violent. Do you live like that everyday?

The game is a different story, the referee was bought by the argentinians...he must go back to Germany and find a new sport to take care...
Patrick, 2007-07-20 11:30:19

Thank you Chile for a great game and restraint.

FIFA is to blame for letting referees of this poor caliber for even getting this far as a referee.

Still, every world cup you see examples of atrocious refereeing and I cant beleive a referee has progressed so far up the ladder with such poor skills. What possesses a referee to thing we are entertained by continual game stoppages and TV images of him posing holding up a variety of coloured cards. Soccer is damaged by poor refereeing and not by overzealous players. WAKE UP FIFA !
j moffitt, 2007-07-20 11:27:11

Where to begin?

First of all, we have both watched the match that was broadcast in australia and have read newspapers from both Chile and Canada.

Unfortunately it seems as though the only media that had access to the players or coaching staff were the ones from Chile, because they seem to be the only ones interested in getting their side of the story and actually reporting it for that matter. This is not Chile's U-20s first world cup, nor is it their first loss ever,NOR is it their first loss against Argentina, so we can hardly see the relevance of their loss to Argentina as having anything to do with what happened after the game. What happened after the game was absolutely disgusting and a breach of humans rights, and all involved in treating these young players, some of whom are as young as 17, should be totally ashamed of themselves and THEY be brought to justice (as they have been quoted saying to the chilean delegation!) What did they do that was so terrible and wrong that warranted treatment such as this? Is this how the Canadian police treat their visitors? It makes me glad that the Australian team didn't qualify, otherwise god knows what could have happened to them????
erica & simon, 2007-07-20 11:26:22

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