Calls are rising for the replay of the CONCACAF 20218 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Panama and Costa Rica.
Panama ended the match 2-1 winners, but one of their goals didn’t even cross the line.
Gabriel Torres‘ shot did not even touch the goal line before hitting the post and then being cleared for a corner with the only excuse for referee Walter Lopez that he was unsighted.
The win gave Panama their first ever World Cup finals spot, and knocked out the United States, who shockingly lost to Trinidad & Tobago.
Given the consequences of the goal, FIFA might be forced to make some sort of decision, with the possibility that the match will be replayed.
It follows on from the controversial goal by France, that involved Thierry Henry handling the ball in the build-up, over the Republic of Ireland that saw them qualify for the 2010 World Cup instead of their opponents.
Later it was also revealed that FIFA paid the Irish football federation five million euros to hush it up: “it was a payment so that we did not take legal action,” said FAI president John Delaney.
If a replay is awarded, it wouldn’t be the first time. South Africa’s qualifying game with Senegal is set to be replayed due to the level of the refereeing.
South Africa host the November 10 game after the original result from last November’s match in Polokwane was declared void when the referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match manipulation.
The Ghanaian match official allegedly made decisions during the game on behalf of betting syndicates in Hong Kong and Singapore‚ awarding a dubious penalty and a disputed goal in the 2-1 win for Bafana Bafana at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
“FIFA should try and get the game repeated and even more so should ensure that this happens as there is already a precedent,” said former Spanish assistant referee Rafa Guerrero.