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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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Yes the ref shouldn't have bought into the Argentinian dives and play acting, the refing was very poor. But both red cards were legitimate, to kick a player in the head when he's on the ground and to grab the ref's arm are both clearly not acceptable. The antics of the Chileans after the game on the field and in the parking lot are a disgrace to their country and the game. They should be sent home.
maria, 2007-07-20 09:49:23

What? "Thank god that our Canadian players did not act like the Chileans"?

I dont recall that Canada participted in this cup, oh yes i think so. Well if you call that participation..
gofa, 2007-07-20 09:42:41

The problem was indeed the referee and Argentina's diving and theatrics. It was a real black mark on the game that Argentina felt that they needed to resort to flopping about the field. It was, however, an even bigger black mark that the referee bought into this theatrics and didn't take proper control of the game.
John, 2007-07-20 09:36:16

I agree that the officiating isn't to blame, Chile has been no slouch in the diving and theatrics department, I clearly remember a guy getting carried off on a stretcher during the Canada chile game only to make a miraculous recovery at the sidelines. How do you deal with this nonsense as a referee?

Soccer is a stupid, pointless game best left to third world countries, there's nothing to capture your interest on the field so the players create drama and the fans beat the heck out of each other.......come on hockey season!
jay brown, 2007-07-20 09:36:10

Chile got bad refereeing and then on top of that some bad security.

A policeman overreacted when near the team bus one of the players went to sign an autograph and took him down hard to the grownd.

I understand that security is a concern but in all sport events players are allowed to talk to fans.

“Things could have been responded to differently,” said Gary Pieters, a witness. “There was only one player. And things only seemed to get out of hand after they knocked him (down).”
Tomas, 2007-07-20 09:34:16

Although I don't agree with all of the 'ruckus' that happened after the game, I have to agree with Chris (comment section). The referee and the Argentines who were diving left right and centre and who were so dramatic in their 'falls' definitely tainted the tournament just as much.
Christy, 2007-07-20 09:33:30

I think first of all you need to get the facts straight. First of all Chile never had a chance of winning the game because of the refereeing. He already decided long before the game started that Chile was not going to win. Now for theincident with the players. The players were removed from the bus because of a gas bomb thrown at the bus when they were loading. Some of the players wanted to get close to the fans and the police would not let them. Then the police started hitting them with their billy bats. One player was hit 6 times and left semi-unconcious. He was not the only one hit by police. Was this necessary? Why don't you report that part of it? What kind of a country would allow their police to hit some young players just because they can! Why don't you print the real story and not just was looks good to the people? It wasn't about winning or losing. It is called fair play.
Sheila, 2007-07-20 09:22:38

Chile did not taint the tournament. The referee and Argentina did.
Chris, 2007-07-20 09:21:01

Thank god that our Canadian players did not act like the Chileans. Send them home packing.
gordon Wadleigh, 2007-07-20 09:14:41

The cause of this whole messy situation was, and usually has been, questionable diving & theatric's from the players on the field. I feel so bad for the ref's of FIFA organized events. These 19 year old kids are great players, but yet are already masters on how to fake injuries & fouls. If we want to see an end to flare ups and violence, how about we stop putting our ref's into such impossible situations to judge. Its not the refs making the poor decisions, its the players.
Brian Aalbers, 2007-07-20 09:06:16

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