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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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Chile is infamous the world over for its player antics and fan violence when involved in any international football competition. This entire incident might have been avoided had the players, and team officials been better prepared emotionally for the inevitable loss at the hands of the Argentinians. Also, considering Chile's history as a veritable police state, officials from that country should be more careful about condemning our police force regarding their tactics. It wasn't so long ago in Chile that this type of incident might very well have been punished by a few "inexplicable disappearances" of a few of those same players. Thank your lucky stars that this happened in Canada where human rights actually mean something.
Mike S., 2007-07-21 18:18:24

A bad referee is going to happen at some point in an athletes life. A good time for a life lesson. I have watched a lot of sports and have never seen a bad decision reversed after a game. These kids and coaches demonstrated their respect for the game by going after the referee. Things got out of hand due to their actions which set an atmosphere of panic. So now the kids show their bruises and hide behind the politicians. This whole mess could have been avoided if they have concentrated on the score. You got beat boys now grow up and learn from this.
Leo, 2007-07-21 17:14:40

It's a shame our Toronto police dept.didn't have the patience to control the first chilean player that wanted to "THANK" the supporting fans...instead the police officer resorted to pushing and shoving the player and from there it has escalated to an international scandal!! these boys are our (canadian)responsibility how dare we treat them like "TERRORIST".
MARK, 2007-07-21 16:44:32

Way To Go Toronto's Finest. Nip it in the Bud. The last thing we need in this country is a bunch of soccer hooligans. We don't want the crap that comes with soccer in Europe, this is Canada & you're expected to behave like civil people here at all times. If these players can't control themselves than the police will be called upon to keep the peace. I think they did a terrific job.

The cry babies from Chile don't have what it takes to be Champions, that's courage & determination. If they had a problem with the officials they have to complain to their soccer commission not harass the man after the game. They should be disqualified as a team.

Go Austria Go.

Canada is Greatest country in the world & Toronto one of the best cities in it.
Ken Daly, 2007-07-21 16:13:11

If you go to a foreign country and act like a hooligan...I guess you should expect to be treated like one.
Roy, 2007-07-21 15:25:13

Are some people here actually trying to make us believe that the player who got tasered was "only" going to fence to get autographs even though they were told not to? If the kids are so naive as people are saying, where was their interpreter / chaperon? Even with that any 18-20 year old should understand actions have consequences
mike, 2007-07-21 14:06:47

Hopefully all of you writing to criticize the behaviour of the players in a foreign country will write in with the same comments the next time one of our hockey teams pull the same stunt in a hockey tournament in Europe. It's not that it hasn't happened before
Chuck, 2007-07-21 14:04:53

If you go to a Chilean newspaper they are not even talking about it. They have moved on down there. Why as Canadians do we have to have every other country like us? Who cares what they think. We are our own country and we police it the way it should be policed. Unlike their own unruly country.
Brian, 2007-07-21 14:02:19

Beautiful sport? Sissy sport is more like it.

There are more dives than olympic springboard. And the players seem to have the same mentality off the field as on.
Michael, 2007-07-21 13:58:44

The Toronto police were just waiting for some unsuspecting group of teens to pick on. They've locked up the gang bangers, so now they've turned their attentions to another group of innocent youth, just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That's the way the police work here, they go out of the their way to embarass the city and country by picking on defenseless teens after those teens have already been crushed by defeat.

Or is it possible that the Chileans were sullied by their defeat (poor officiating notwithstanding) that they misbehaved, crossed the line, and the police stepped in to maintain law and order?

Whichever of these stories you choose to believe, if you don't like it, pack your bags and find another country as patient and tolerant as Canada, and oh yeah, leave your Canadian Passport behind. Not doing so would be terribly hypocritical.
Scott, 2007-07-21 13:56:30

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