Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha and video assistant Esteban Ostojich had been suspended on Wednesday after failing to present a crimson card to Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi in the course of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers match towards Brazil. (Extra Soccer Information)
Otamendi hit Brazil ahead Raphinha along with his elbow within the thirty fifth minute of Tuesday’s match in San Juan. The Brazilian wanted 5 stitches at halftime and nonetheless continued to bleed within the second half.
“It appears like a foul for a yellow card. I don’t see a crimson,” Ostojich advised Cunha, in keeping with a video launched Wednesday by South American soccer physique CONMEBOL.
Otamendi wrote on Twitter he had solely touched the ball.
The match resulted in a 0-0 draw, which was sufficient for Argentina to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Brazil had already certified for the match.
CONMEBOL stated in an announcement that Andres Cunha and Esteban Ostojich dedicated “a severe mistake” and the 2 had been suspended for an “indefinite time.” The Uruguayan referee was faraway from the VAR sales space for Saturday’s Copa Sudamericana last between Pink Bull Bragantino and Athletico.
Additionally Wednesday, CONMEBOL suspended Chilean referee Roberto Tobar for not punishing Neymar and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Colombia final Thursday.
Neymar put his chest near Tobar’s throughout that match in Sao Paulo, however the Brazilian wasn’t booked. Cuadrado illegally used his arm later within the sport and in addition wasn’t carded.
The Brazilian soccer confederation stated it can search punishment for Otamendi at FIFA’s disciplinary committee.
Talking after the goalless draw, Brazil coach Tite criticized Cunha and his video assistant referees.
“It’s merely inconceivable to not see Otamendi’s elbow on Raphinha,” Tite stated. “Was that going to resolve the match? I don’t know. It was an amazing match, however there is a component (lacking) that ought to be equal for each groups.”