What They're Saying: Concacaf interim president Alfredo Hawit

"We met with both the Referee Department leadership and referee Mark Geiger. Mr. Geiger, one of the best regarded referees in the region with vast international experience and a proven track record, accepted that officiating errors had been made during Wednesday’s match and that these impacted the outcome of the game. We at Concacaf regret these circumstances but accept that such human errors are part of the game."

-- Concacaf interim president Alfredo Hawit on the officiating of the Gold Cup 2015 semifinal match between Mexico and Panama.
2 comments about "What They're Saying: Concacaf interim president Alfredo Hawit".
  1. Santiago 1314, July 26, 2015 at 10:08 a.m.

    As long as there is no Replay, These Travisties will continue to occur...But that works against FIFAmafia being able to Determine the Outcome of games..

  2. James e Chandler, July 27, 2015 at 10:21 a.m.

    It's not replay the game needs, but an adjustment of the sports culture itself.
    FIFA's reluctance to add too much technology to the management, and facilitation of the game may be the idea that the game should be the same at all levels from youth soccer to the World Cup. That is one of the reasons the game resonates throughout our culture, not because a select few are getting rich from it.
    Wherever there's money, well, it's written that it's "at the root of all sin."
    Why do we care so much who wins?
    Why do competitors want to win so much that they'll deliberately violate the laws of the game?
    You know, if they didn't do that, if people were always fair, and honest, then we wouldn't even need a referee.
    Like in the sandlot. When we couldn't decide who's right, we'd have a "do-over", and play on.
    Though sports may have evolved from people seeking less destructive ways to settle their differences (i.e. "my champion fights your champion") now sports is as any other form of entertainment. We pay to see the most talented play.
    So let's try to keep the game pure so it's played the same way from the dirt pitch of the Third World to the plastic, and rubber surfaces of suburbia. Let's foster sportsmanship instead of allowing a player that ripped up the officials game notes in front of the world to represent the game at it's highest level when it's obvious that he isn't even enjoying playing.
    What does that say about us, and to our youth we're trying to nurture into being assets to humanity instead of a burden. That we should all strive to be mercenaries, because that's where the big money is?
    Without dignity, and integrity even winning has a bitter aftertaste.

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