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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 think that is fully normal that the players wanted to talk with fans. Chile did NOT taint the tournament, MR STARK DID IT! Please make FIFA show red card to him!
JOSE, 2007-07-20 11:17:54

I disagree with Mike who said poor officiating is part of the game and Chile has to learn how to lose with dignity. Most of the news I heard so far today blames the Chileans, which isn't right.

Chile was justified to protest and draw attention to the atrocious officiating.

FIFA must be embarrassed by the ref too. What will they do about reprimanding him? His country has been working hard doing all the right things to restore their reffing reputation so he should be more concerned.
Adam, 2007-07-20 11:16:38

I am an avid soccer fan, seen many games around the world and attended World Cups 2006, 2002, 1998. I have never seen such bad officiating in over 100 games that I have seen. The first goal that Argentina got was clearly offside which started the down hill spiral. The obvious dive and faking the face injury that resulted in a Chile player being sent off was the icing on the cake, all the replays clearly showed no contact at all. In the extra time Chile was 10 feet from the goal and was clearly hauled down with no penalty shot awarded and that was the straw that broke the camels back. If that Ref had been in South America somewhere doing that game I think he would have been fearing for his life after the absolutely deplorable show of officiating. In hockey we have replays and ref’s watch them to rule on a play. If nothing else FIFA has been awakened by this incident and hopefully they will be bringing in rule/officiating changes that have been asked for. Replays of disputed calls, players kicked off if it is obvious they are faking and no contact was made, Wake up FIFA and join the 21st century. I feel sorry for the Chilean team being robbed so blindly by deplorable officiating.
James Carter, 2007-07-20 11:10:24

I can't comment on what happened outside the stadium

but this started out as a very good, skillful game until the first red card which was a joke. the replays clearly showed the argentine player was the first to kick the chilean player as he fell, then the chilean player kicked out at him but clearly missed.the aregentine player then did something totally lacking in fair play

and integrity and covered his face pretending like he was kicked but was i the only one who saw him peeking out between his fingers watching what the ref was going to do. shame on him for ruining what should have been a great game and then the diving just got worse and even though the chileans should not have got suckered into their actions you got to feel for the young players. this was probably the biggest nite of their sporting careers and for some the biggest nite they will ever achieve and it was been taken away by the unsportsman like actions of a few so you got to expect to see some frustration shown as the ref did a pitiflul job and seemed to reward the argentines at every incident intead of punishing their diving and acting. terrible refing.
denis, 2007-07-20 11:10:02

Arrest the louts. Last I checked - and as a lawyer -I'd say that being upset at a loss of a GAME is not a defense for assault and destruction of property. When will we stop forgiving the faults of pampered athletes? Treat them like they would you or I.
billy bob, 2007-07-20 10:44:11

Firstly, "jay brown" you are not a very bright person.

Secondly, how this escalated into a brawl is ridiculous. The people who should be ashamed by all of this are the Chilean players. Them, and them alone.

No one needs to feel bad for poor sportsmanship. That red card early in the game was deserved. That player took the steam out of the Chilean squad from that point on.
ace, 2007-07-20 10:36:16

Maria...perhaps you should look at the replay before commenting, it is abundantly clear that he didn't kick him in the head, in fact, his kick missed the entire body.

Gofa - please re-read my statement, I didn't say what you read. I said that the Canadian FANS acted improperly.

Mike - yes dives happened on both sides except Mr. Stark seemed to favour the acting abilities of the Argentineans.

FIFA is clearly at fault for all of this...who the heck chose this clown as the referee for this game?!?!?!
Virginia, 2007-07-20 10:30:46

Chile did not taint this game. I was at this game surrounded by Canadians, Chilean and Argentinian fans alike... knowledgeable fans. Fans who have played, coached and refereed. One thing we all agreed on was that the referee, Wolfgang Stark STOLE the game away from all players and fans in a disgusting display of overreactionary officiating abuse. It was not only the Chilean fans who booed him at the end of the game but all fans alike. We were actually very PROUD of how this young Chilean players acted, playing on bravely and skillfully. Good on you Chile. The referee should be stripped of his badge. Run... He should have... From all of us.
Jan, 2007-07-20 10:08:09

Whether good or poor officiating happens, it's part of the game and players have to adapt. Dives happened on both sides last night.

Chile has to learn how to loose with dignity.
Mike, 2007-07-20 10:07:43

I was shocked to see this!!! What has happened to the Toronto Police? Since when did it unlawful for a player to approach a fan to sign an autograph?! All of this indecency over a player approaching a fan? This is utterly ridiculous. I am ashamed of the Toronto Police Department, perhaps they are the ones that let their tempers get the best of them. Mr. Wadleigh, I too am glad the Canadian players did not act this way, unfortunately the same cannot be said for some of the Canadian fans in the stands on Canada Day.
Virginia, 2007-07-20 09:53:11

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