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CONCACAF says referee admits errors in Gold Cup semifinal between Mexico and Panama

  • Panama's Valentin Pimentel, center right, points at referee Mark Geiger, who had given a red card to Panama's Luis Tejada, not seen, during the first half of Panama's CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal against Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Panama's Valentin Pimentel, center right, points at referee Mark Geiger, who had given a red card to Panama's Luis Tejada, not seen, during the first half of Panama's CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal against Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Panama's Alberto Quintero, right, makes a point to referee Mark Geiger at the conclusion of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal playoff soccer game against Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Mexico won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Panama's Alberto Quintero, right, makes a point to referee Mark Geiger at the conclusion of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal playoff soccer game against Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Mexico won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

  • Panama's Anibal Godoy (20) approaches referee Mark Geiger, left, as officials rush in to protect him at the conclusion of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal between Panama and Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Mexico won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Panama's Anibal Godoy (20) approaches referee Mark Geiger, left, as officials rush in to protect him at the conclusion of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer semifinal between Panama and Mexico on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in Atlanta. Mexico won 2-1. (AP Photo/David Goldman)  (The Associated Press)

The president of CONCACAF says the referee in the Mexico-Panama game has acknowledged making mistakes during the contentious Gold Cup semifinal.

The regional soccer body did not say Saturday what those errors were. Mexico won 2-1 on Wednesday in Atlanta to reach Sunday's title game against Jamaica.

COCCACAF President Alfredo Hawit says in a statement referee Mark Geiger "accepted that officiating errors had been made" and they "impacted the outcome." Hawit adds that "such human errors are part of the game."

Geiger issued a disputed red card to Panama's Luis Tejada in the 25th minute. He then called a penalty kick when Roman Torres fell on the ball in the area, leading to Andres Guardado's tying goal in second-half stoppage time. Guardado won it with a 105th-minute penalty kick.

Hawit became president of North and Central America and the Caribbean's governing body in May following Jeffrey Webb's indictment. Geiger last year became the first American to referee a knockout stage World Cup match.