Copa America: USA-Uruguay referee refuses to shake Pulisic’s hand

The closing Copa America Group C match between the United States and Uruguay was stuffed with controversy.

A solitary objective by Olivera within the 66th minute gave the victory to the CharrĂșas and despatched the Individuals to apremature elimination from a contest wherein they’re hosts.

Amidst the offsides and playing cards handed out within the match, younger referee Kevin Ortega reserved one final act that upset many U.S. followers. Simply after the tip of the match, the Peruvian referee refused to shake the hand of star and captain of the American workforce, Christian Pulisic.

The younger referee, solely 32 years outdated (one of many youngest in FIFA), didn’t endear himself to Gregg Berhalter’s workforce, who spent a lot of the match complaining about his choices. Of their opinion, he handed out unfair yellow playing cards and made errors on Uruguay’s objective that might find yourself certifying the USMNT’s elimination.

Pulisic lower than impressed

Talking to ESPN, Pulisic went on to evaluate the referee’s efficiency, each within the match and when he refused to shake his hand.

“He did not wish to shake my hand,” mentioned Pulisic. “That is regular. I assume. Actually right now I noticed issues I’ve by no means seen earlier than my eyes. I actually cannot consider it. Anyway, this isn’t why we misplaced. We’re not out due to refereeing choices.”

Defender Antonee Robinson additionally known as Ortega’s performance “newbie hour”.

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