Soccer-Anger in Colombia after suspicious goal decides promotion
The Colombian Football Association has called for an investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding a key promotional game which was decided by a late goal which a senior player called “embarrassment for Colombian football”. 1-0 until the 95th minute, when the visitors scored twice in a row.
The winning goal video appeared to show the Llaneros players backing their opponents back and allowing them to score. The result means Union Magdalena is promoted to the next level, the Dimayor league, ahead of Fortaleza, who lost 2-1 at home on the same night to Bogota.
“Give the veil the doubt that the result of the match between @ClubLlanerosFC and @UnionMagdalena has generated, we ask the disciplinary commission of @Dimayor to carry out a rigorous investigation as soon as possible”, declared the association of professional footballers ACOLFUTPRO in a tweet. Neither club immediately responded to requests for comment, although Union Magdalena tweeted that the result was for “those who think anything is possible”.
Two Colombian internationalists expressed their unease at the events. In a tweet, Juan Cuadrado, captain of Italy’s Juventus, called Union Magdalena’s goal “disrespectful”.
His Colombian teammate Matheus Uribe responded, saying it was “an embarrassment for Colombian football”. Fortaleza coach Nelson Florez broke down in tears during the post-match press conference. While admitting that they had not done their part in winning, he nevertheless questioned the outcome.
âI’m not ashamed to cry, because I feel robbed,â he said. “We can lose, but not this way.”
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