SoccerTuesday, March 11, 2014
River’s 1-0 victory referee suspended
Lunati awarded a controversial penalty
Referee Pablo Lunati, who awarded River the winning-goal penalty, was suspended for a round. Also yesterday, Quilmes lost to All Boys 2-1 to fall into the relegation zone.
Referee Pablo Lunati was not included in the Final Tournament 8th round draw. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) Referee Board took the decision after Lunati’s poor performance at River Plate’s 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
The main cause of the decision was the penalty that the referee awarded to River Plate after a foul of Milton Caraglio over Leonel Vangioni that took place out of the box. Fernando Cavenaghi scored the winning goal from this action.
“From my point of view in the pitch, a penalty must be awarded. If the TV camera showed that the foul was out of the box, I did not have that information while the match was running,” Lunati said on Channel 9 before knowing the ban.
“I saw the match again and I am sure that I took the right decision,” he added.
Lunati also said that he does not agree with any sanctions against the referees. “It is a mistake to suspend a referee for a round. When the team wins, it is thanks to the players and when it loses, it is the referee’s fault.”
The 7th round of the Final Tournament continued yesterday with All Boys 2-1 win over Quilmes in a key match to decide the relegation.
Carlos Casteglione opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Nicolás Cabrera increased the gap with eight minutes to go. Quilmes’ Miguel Caneo pulled one back in injury time through a penalty kick.
After this results, the team coached by Ricardo Rodríguez left the relegation zone to put Quilmes in it.
Before the match, two factions of the Quilmes hooligans fought in the José Luis Meizner stadium stands. Three people were injured — one of them with a knife — and moved to hospital.
After this incident, Quilmes’ stadium may be suspended for the 9th round match against Boca Juniors.
Rosario Central faced Tigre late yesterday in the closing match of the 7th round.
Late on Sunday, Boca went some way towards easing a dressing-room crisis that included two of their players coming to blows with a 2-1 win at Racing Club.
Agustin Orion and midfielder Pablo Ledesma fought on Friday over the goalkeeper’s alleged revelations to a reporter of internal squad squabbles, referred to in the media as “the Boca cabaret”, in a dressing room with deep divisions, according to reports.
Winger Juan Sánchez Mino gave Boca a first-half lead, goalkeeper Sebastián Saja equalized for Racing with a penalty in the 68th minute and midfielder Cristian Erbes hit the winner in the 76th against the run of play.
Herald staff with DyN