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Conmebol admits a refereeing error against Brazil in the 2024 Copa América

The Conmebol publicly admitted that the referee Jesus Valenzuela and the VAR They made a mistake by not awarding a penalty in favor of Brazil in the match that ended in a draw with Colombia and determined that they are seconds of the Group D in the Copa America 2024 from the United States.

The controversy centered on the action in which the defender Daniel Munoz tripped the Brazilian star Vinicius Junior within the area.

The play occurred at the end of the first half in the match that took place in the Levi’s Stadium of Santa Clara, Californiawhen Brazil won 1 to 0 Colombia and this maximum penalty would have allowed the “Verdeamarela” to stretch numbers and head towards the victory that would have helped it avoid Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the Copa America 2024.

The footballers of Brazil They claimed the penalty, but the Venezuelan referee Valenzuela He did not signal the foul and the VARdirected by the Argentine Mauro Viglianoconfirmed the decision after considering that Muñoz had touched the ball.

“In a dispute for the ball inside the penalty area, a defender does not touch the ball”said the governing body of South American football Conmebol in a published video.

“As a result of the dispute, a reckless contact occurs for the action. The referee fails to observe the action and lets the game continue.”he added.

“The VAR in its protocol check analyzes with different angles, speeds and considerations and fails to identify that the defender does not touch the ball before recklessly contacting the forward. Given this, the VAR incorrectly confirms the original field decision”added Conmebol.

The refereeing error was costly for the team. Dorival Juniorwho needed a victory to stay in first place and thus face Panama. Finally he will do it before UruguaySaturday.

“After that, we conceded a goal. The referee was decisive. Only he and the VAR did not see a penalty, which surely existed.”said the Brazilian coach after the match.

Source: Ambito

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