FIFA, We Do “NOT” Have A ProblemBy: Brian | June 7th, 2011
Watching Gold Cup matches that do not involve the U.S. or Mexico can often be a tough thing to endure. Exhibit A: Watching Grenada can resemble a local AYSO rec league match that ran out of Capri Suns. However, the late night matchup between Guatemala and Honduras had me rather intrigued. It was a chance to watch Carlos Ruiz and Marco Pappa take their MLS talents and represent Guatemala.
The match turned out to be very entertaining, especially considering it ended in a 0-0 draw. Ruiz and Pappa were at times average but mostly irrelevant to the match. Ruiz did his best Cuauhtemac Blanco impersonation by falling to the ground when someone ran by and seeming rather angry whenever a teammate didn’t place the ball directly in front of his stationary feet. Pappa had some good chances but his shots were closer to leaving the arena than they were to being on goal.
The real story of the game was the utter incompetence of Mexican referee Francisco Chacon Gutierrez. Honestly, I am not a conspiracy theorist and I have no strong ties to either Guatemala or Honduras, yet I was left in awe of the way Gutierrez consistently screwed Guatemala throughout the match. The two red cards given to Medina and Gustavo of Guatemala were laughable offenses and paled in comparison to the kicks to the head received on two occasions by the Guatemalan keeper, Jerez.
Could there have been some ‘incentive’ for the referee to do what he could to get Honduras the 3 points? Of course not….because the honorable Sepp Blatter keeps telling me that FIFA does not have a corruption problem. Furthermore, in the clean and honorable organization of FIFA, surely CONCACAF is the model region, right? Good thing Mr. Blatter assured me of the lack of cheating in soccer because otherwise I might think something was not quite right with last nights officiating.
When all was said and done, Guatemala played an outstanding 90+ minutes of defense and earned a well deserved draw….despite the lack of help from their MLS stars.
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