América protests the referee’s appointment for the match against Santa Fe

América protests the referee’s appointment for the match against Santa Fe
América protests the referee’s appointment for the match against Santa Fe

Shortly after the eighteenth round began, the Dimayor, under the Arbitration Commission, made the respective arbitral appointment for the sports weekend in the stadiums of Colombia. One of them caused controversy and confusion on the part of América de Cali, who will face Independent Santa Fe on Sunday, April 21.

Through a press release, the Cali red team expressed his annoyance for having as central referee Edilson Ariza, and therefore request the supervision of an arbitration observer. Ariza will lead the referee shortlist along with the line judges Roberto Padilla and Fabian Orozcoand the fourth will be Steven Camargo.

“The club vehemently rejects the appointment of Mr. Edilson Ariza Moreno as central referee, for the match that will be played next Sunday, April 21, 2024 between América de Cali and Independiente Santa Fe by date 18 of the BetPlay Dimayor League 2024-1, so the accompaniment of an arbitration observer”says the team.

This anger of America is due to the fact that in the confrontation against Boyacá Chicó of the date 12 From the first tournament of the previous year, Ariza made a decision that affected the result for the people of Valle del Cauca. That confrontation ended 1-1 and Brayan Córdoba was sent off.

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“The above, to the extent that América de Cali has been directly affected by erroneous arbitration decisions by Mr. Ariza, as evidenced in the formal complaint filed before the Arbitration Commission last April 24, 2023due to the events that occurred in the match that the club played against Boyacá Chicó on date 12 of the BetPlay Dimayor 2023-I League,” the statement added.

The team led by César Farías requests through its public communication that the appointments for each party impartiality and neutrality are takenand that these decisions do not affect the sporting spectacle.

“Despite the above, once again, the Commission Arbitration has made the decision to appoint an arbitrator with questionable background against América de Cali, which have affected the normal development of the competition. Thus, a call is made to the competent authorities to the necessary measures are taken to guarantee the principles of impartiality and neutrality in Colombian arbitration”, he concludes.

This is the second time in less than a week that a team protests the appointment of referees before Dimayor and the Arbitration Commission, since Independent Medellin presented his disagreement with the appointment of Nicholas Gallo.

Just like America, the Antioquia team also requested “a specialized oversight office for the party in questionwho is in charge of observing the arbitration proceedings, in the search for provide the necessary conditions to develop the sporting event in the best possible way”.

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