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Courtney Campbell: Can Mexico Lose With Him as the Ref?

September 9, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I haven’t had a chance to see the play — and knowing Honduras, a foul in the penalty area isn’t beyond belief — but Courtney Campbell has for the third time in three matches involving Mexico awarded Mexico a penalty kick.  In each match, the game was tied 0-0 at the time of the call.  This time it was a 73d minute penalty kick in Mexico’s World Cup Qualifier with Honduras.

We previously noted that Mr. Campbell, a member of our “Oh Crap, This’ll Be Fun” List, had awarded penalty kicks to Mexico in both of his first two Mexico matches (in the 2009 Gold Cup — against Haiti [handball] and the U.S. [foul, i.e. Dos Santos dive]).  While this wasn’t an elimination match, it pitted two of the top three teams in CONCACAF qualifying.

And remember that Mr. Campbell is not generally a penalty kick awarder (he’s now issued only 5 in 36 matches.)  But 3 of those 5 penalty kicks were awarded to Mexico.  And each in a 0-0 match.

Maybe it’s a perfect coincidence, but if I’m Mexico and Campbell’s the referee, I would like my chances.

UPDATE:   Here’s a video of the foul.

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  1. wjmooner
    September 10, 2009 at 9:20 am

    If someone would have told me that Mexico beat Honduras 1-0 I think I would have predicted one of two scenarios by which they scored:

    1) Blanco pretends to get shot, falls down in a heap, writhes around in pain, gets up three minutes later, and calmly slots a free kick into the top corner; OR

    2) Gio runs into the box, pretends to get shot, writhes around in pain, gets up three minutes later, and then Blanco calmly slots a penalty into the top corner.

    On the other hand, I don’t think I would have predicted “Rico pretends he’s Roberto Carlos” for the lone U.S. goal.

    • Michael
      September 10, 2009 at 12:46 pm

      Can’t blame Mexico: if it works, keep doing it until the refs quit calling it.

      As for Clark — I missed the announcement of the lineup and honestly didn’t know he was on the field until he scored. So the goal was a bit of a shock. Heck, I would have been only slightly more surprised to hear that Eddie Johnson had scored the first goal in that match.

  2. September 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Campbell is an idiot and should never be allowed to officiate a soccer match
    we should wait til kickoff and then walk off the field and leave Campbell for the
    fans from outlawsoccer

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