CONCACAF president to review refereeing department after Gold Cup fiasco

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CONCACAF’s refereeing department could be in line for something of an overhaul in the coming months and years, as the North and Central America and Caribbean confederation announced Monday that acting president Alfredo Hawit (Honduras) will review the region’s heavily scrutinized referee department following a series of controversial and game-altering incidents at the recently completed 2015 Gold Cup.

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Following the second semifinal matchup, between Mexico and Panama, CONCACAF released a statement that said referee Mark Geiger’s decisions during the second half severely altered the outcome of that game. Geiger’s status with the Professional Referee Organization has been and will continue to be unaffected.

From the CONCACAF release:

The designation of President Hawit to lead this review process was approved unanimously by the CONCACAF Executive Committee at an in-person meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Committee based its decision on Mr. Hawit’s 24-year experience in referee administration .

“The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” President Hawit said in a statement. “This review will allow the Confederation to take the next step towards improving refereeing across the region.”

According to the CONCACAF release, the review, which the organization says is already underway, will include a “detailed evaluation of refereeing standards throughout the region,” as well as “an assessment of processes for determining referee assignments for each match.”