Chucho López suffered a fibula fracture after a hard sweep from the rival (Photo: REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino)
On Wednesday night the duel between America Y Olympiad, corresponding to the Eighth Finals of the Concacaf Champions League. Beyond the score that was negative for the Eagles, the match stood out for the rough play and the continuous fouls that arose on the Azteca Stadium field.
During the press conference, the coach of América, Santiago Solari, was sincere and pointed out that Olympia’s “dirty game” caused that four players from the Coapa team came out with different effects of the match, being Jesus Lopez the most serious, since he suffered a fibula fracture in the complementary part of the mourning.
“Today we have a player with a very strong contusion on his cheekbone (Naveda). One who had to be replaced by a blow to the hip (Sebastián Córdova), a player who is at the neurologist (Nicolás Benedetti) and another who is in surgery (Jesús López) ”, Solari stated during the press conference.
About minute 53, Antonio de Jesús López, better known as Chucho Lopez he ran for a ball that was circulating in the middle of the court. When the Americanista had already won the ball he arrived Justin Arboleda and swept to snatch the ball from him.
But as it was a late play, López’s foot stayed anchored with Arboleda’s. As soon as the referee noticed how the Solari player was hurting, he asked for medical assistance. Despite the spectacular play, the Honduran only took the preventive card.
Santiago Solari indicated that there were four injured after the duel against Olimpia (Photo: EFE / David García)
The result was fatal, as “Chucho” López came out with a fibula fracture. In addition, the America club promised to demand the disqualification of the Olympia player
After the match and the respective statements, various fans on social networks questioned Concacaf due to the actions of its whistlers and the lack of implementation of video arbitration, better known as VAR.
The game of the Coapa team made many American fans demand the implementation of the VAR, but what they did not know is that the Confederation has already committed to launch this service in its different competitions; however there are some details that you will know below.
On April 6, The Confederation of North America, Central America and the Caribbean Soccer (Concacaf), published a statement on its official site informing about the implementation of the VAR in its different competitions.
In recent years, CONCACAF has sought to implement VAR in its tournaments (Photo: EFE / Raúl Martínez / File)
“Concacaf has been working for the past two years to introduce VAR into its competitions with various training and development opportunities for elite referees in our region. The process was slightly delayed due to the challenges related to COVID-19, but last week the Confederation was able to enter the final stages of its planning to introduce the technology ”, the statement reads.
In short, according to the sports body, they will be in the semifinals and in the final of the Concacaf Champions League 2021, the Nations League finals (June 3-6) and the Gold Cup (July 2-August 1), competitions where technology will be used to assist referees.
In conclusion, the America and Olimpia match is part of the 2021 tournament, but the phase is the Round of 16, therefore the VAR service was not available.
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