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President of CONCACAF to review refereeing department

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22: Referee Mark Geiger gives a red card to Luis Tejada #10 of Panama while Francisco Rodriguez #2 of Mexico lays on the field and Diego Reyes #5 of Mexico reacts during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match at Georgia Dome on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA - JULY 22: Referee Mark Geiger gives a red card to Luis Tejada #10 of Panama while Francisco Rodriguez #2 of Mexico lays on the field and Diego Reyes #5 of Mexico reacts during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match at Georgia Dome on July 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

MIAMI (AP) CONCACAF's referee department will be reviewed following controversial decisions in the Gold Cup.

''The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,'' CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit said on Thursday.

Panama and Costa Rica made requests to CONCACAF after each lost to Mexico in the Gold Cup knockout rounds with the help of a questionable penalty kick.

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Panama players posed with a banner after their semifinal loss calling CONCACAF ''corruptos ladrones'' (corrupt thieves), and Panamanian federation president Pedro Chaluja said ''we feel that that game was fixed.''

The next day, Hawit announced American referee Mark Geiger admitted he made mistakes in the match.