The 2015 Gold Cup is shrouded in controversial decisions
November 15, 2015
Mexico defeated Jamaica with a final scoreboard of 3-1 and are the winner of the 2015 Gold Cup but it was a controversial and difficult path for the Mexican national side as they barely squeezed past Panama in the semifinals and it was only due to a number of dubious and questionable decisions from the referee in the pitch that Mexico managed to overcome Panama in the semifinal stages of the continental tournament.
In Mexico’s match against Panama, the referee Mark Geiger gave away a red card to Panama’s Luis Tejeda but this decision was a controversial one as the player was given a rather harsh punishment in the early stages and when it appeared as Panama was going to take the victory, in the very last moments of the match, the referee decided to give away 2 penalty kicks in favor of Mexico.
The quarter-finals match between Mexico and Costa Rica was another controversial one as the Mexican side was awarded with a last minute penalty kick which allowed Mexico to take the late victory.
After all of these incidents occurred, the Costa Rican Football Federation and the Panamanian Football Federation suggested that the members that form part of the Refereee Committee at CONCACAF to be removed from their respective positions.
Despite everything that had occurred, it didn’t take anything away from Mexico as all of the players and the manager were overwhelmed with joy and happiness as the Mexican national side proudly held the 2015 Gold Cup trophy and celebrated ecstatically.
Mexico’s Miguel Herrera voiced his happiness in having claimed the victory over Jamaica in the finals as the Mexican coach said: “We’re very happy. We dominated the ball. We got the rhythm we wanted and controlled the play. It’s a great satisfaction for all of us.”
This is the 7th CONCACAF Gold Cup of Mexico and has overthrown United States as the new champions of this tournament.