CONCACAF To Review Referee Dept.

GeigerThe fallout from the at-times questionable officiating during the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup has led to a review of the federation’s referee department by its acting president Alfredo Hawit.

According to a press release from CONCACAF, Hawit will lead a review process that was unanimously approved by CONCACAF’s Executive Committee at a meeting held July 25 in Philadelphia, Penn. The committee based its decision on Hawit’s 24-year experience in referee administration.

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“The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” Hawit said in a statement. “The review will allow the Confederation to take the next step toward improving refereeing across the region.”

During the recent Gold Cup, there were several controversial officiating decisions that grabbed the headlines and impacted the outcome of matches. The most notable was a handball call in the penalty box in the Mexico/Panama semi-final that allowed Mexico to tie the match in stoppage time and ultimately defeat Panama.