Columbus Crew Were Robbed of Goal During the CONCACAF Champions League

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IAugust 25, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 21:  Chad Marshall #14 of the Columbus Crew attempts a tackle on Conor Casey #9 of the Colorado Rapids on August 21, 2010 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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The venerable Mexican team Santos faced Columbus Crew in the CONCACAF Champions League.

While Santos managed to score a goal within the last minute of the game, the whole affair is an insult to football/soccer lovers everywhere.

Renteria scored the first goal of the game for the Columbus Crew by kicking the ball into the center of the goal net in the first half. The response of the referee was to annul the goal using as an excuse that he returned to the field without permission.

Anyone can see that this was a legitimate goal, and it could have made a difference in the results of the Crew in the CONCACAF Champions League. It is the same methods used by referees during the 2010 World Cup against the US Soccer team.

The question that is often asked is the following: Are referees biased against a team or a country because they are afraid or because of pure hatred?

I think that we should ask FIFA or those who train referees to be fair and impartial.

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