Soccer: Soccer: Brazil v Argentina match officers suspended for ‘critical errors’


(Reuters) – The referee and the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) who officiated in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina have been suspended for “critical errors”, the South American soccer governing physique CONMEBOL stated.

An incident within the goalless draw the place Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi appeared to elbow Raphinha — which left the Brazilian winger with a bloody mouth — went unpunished and CONMEBOL stated using his arm amounted to “violent conduct”.

Brazil coach Tite was left fuming and he angrily hit out at what he stated was an “inconceivable” determination by the VAR, saying it was “inconceivable” for VAR to not see Otamendi’s elbow on Raphinha.

“The efficiency of chief referee Andres Ismael Cunha Soca Vargas and VAR Esteban Daniel Ostojich Vega… have been technically analysed… concluding that they dedicated critical and manifest errors,” CONMEBOL stated in a press release.

CONMEBOL added the 2 officers have been suspended for “an indefinite interval”.

The 0-0 draw allowed Argentina to hitch Brazil in sealing qualification for the World Cup in Qatar subsequent yr.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Kim Coghill)

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