Was it a penalty in favor of América? This is what some former referees say about the final against Cruz Azul

America achieves the two-time championship after referee controversy against Cruz Azul at the Azteca Stadium (REUTERS/Raquel Cunha)

America was crowned two-time champion of the Liga MX after beating Blue Cross in it Aztec stadium with a goal Henry Martin by criminal means. However, the referee’s decision sparked a strong controversy among fans and former referees.

The referee Marco Antonio Ortiz awarded a penalty for the whole of The Eaglesconsidering that Rodolfo Rotondi committed a foul on Israel Kings. This decision was questioned, even after the VAR review, which supported the whistler’s initial decision. Henry Martín converted the penalty and sealed the victory for the Águilas.

The decision generated controversy among fans and sports journalists. Former Mexican soccer referees also expressed their disagreement on social networks, believing that the penalty should not have been sanctioned.

The penalty taken by Henry Martín in the Liga MX final sparked controversy among fans and former referees, questioning the VAR decision

The incident occurred in an overflow on the right wing, where Israel Reyes managed to score the ball before being knocked down by a Cruz Azul defender who was swept away. The referee of the match signaled a penalty in favor of the Águilas. After reviewing the play in the VAROrtiz maintained his original decision, although the VAR shots left the play open to multiple interpretations.

Marco Antonio Rodríguez, former referee, was blunt: “It is not a penalty.” After reviewing the video of the play, he added: “At first glance it may look like a trip by Rotondi, but Reyes builds the contact. There is no fault.”

Rodríguez also questioned the instructions of the Referees Commission Regarding the VAR: “In controversial plays, the VAR must suggest a review on the monitor. It is of no use if it does not open the referees’ understanding of their errors.”

The controversy arose from an arbitration decision that awarded a penalty to Las Águilas, maintained after the VAR review, decisive for the title in the Liga MX
The controversy arose from an arbitration decision that awarded a penalty to Las Águilas, maintained after the VAR review, decisive for the title in the Liga MX

Felipe Ramos Rizo, another former referee, also spoke out against the penalty and asked that it be reviewed in the VAR. However, after Ortiz confirmed the decision, Rizo continued to criticize: “Non-existent penalty in favor of América, we must review it. Not even with the VAR, America already wins it. Also, where was the second yellow card for Rotondi?”

In addition, they pointed out an inconsistency in the performance of Ortiz, who did not show the second yellow card to Rodolfo Rotondi, which would have been consistent if the foul had been considered a penalty.

For his part, Francisco Chacón, former referee and commentator of TV Azteca, supported Ortiz’s decision. “Well marked penalty by Gato Ortiz,” he published on his ‘X’ account.

 
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