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CHESTER, Pa. – 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.