Referee organization head: Mark Geiger’s status will not be affected by Mexico-Panama fiasco

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The Professional Referee Organization (PRO), which oversees professional referee programs in North America, is firmly standing by Mark Geiger, the center official for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup fiasco between Mexico and Panama on Wednesday.

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Geiger, who controversially sent off Panama’s Luis Tejada, didn’t send off Mexico’s Carlos Vela and awarded Mexico two penalties in Wednesday’s semifinal — the first of which came in extraordinarily contentious fashion — will apparently face no form of discipline or reprimand for his perceived poor performance and will remain one of the organization’s top options at center official.

PRO general manager Peter Walton, who spoke to ESPN FC on Thursday, stated in no uncertain terms that despite the events that transpired Wednesday night, he remains confident in Geiger’s ability to referee games going forward.

Walton, on Geiger, from ESPN FC:

“One inconsistent performance does not make a referee a poor referee. Geiger is a very good referee and has proved that on numerous occasions. PRO will fully support him and his standing with PRO has not been [affected] by this performance.”

When asked whether or not Geiger, who is a mainstay at center official in Major League Soccer, would continue to referee games on the international stage, Walton said, “I see no reason not to re-nominate him for the international panel for 2016.”