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The 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was the sixteenth edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup (formerly called FIFA World Youth Championship), hosted by Canada from 30 June to 22 July 2007. Argentina defeated Czech Republic in the title game by the score of 2–1, thus managing a back-to-back world title, its fifth in the past seven editions, and sixth overall. Argentine player Sergio Agüero was given the FIFA U-20 Golden Shoe (top scorer, with six goals) and the FIFA U-20 Golden Ball (best player of the tournament), while Japan earned the FIFA Fair Play Award.

2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup
FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007
Coupe du Monde de Football des Moins de 20 ans 2007
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2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup official logo
Tournament details
Host country Canada
Dates 30 June – 22 July
Teams 24 (from 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 6 (in 6 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Argentina (6th title)
Runners-up  Czech Republic
Third place  Chile
Fourth place  Austria
Tournament statistics
Matches played 52
Goals scored 135 (2.6 per match)
Attendance 1,195,299 (22,987 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Sergio Agüero (6 goals)
Best player Argentina Sergio Agüero
Fair play award  Japan
Netherlands 2005
Egypt 2009

The tournament featured 24 teams coming from six continental confederations; Canada qualified automatically as hosts, while the remaining teams qualified based on their rankings at the respective continental U-20 (U-19 in Europe's case) tournaments. UEFA (Europe) qualified six teams; AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) and CONMEBOL (South America) four teams each; and OFC (Oceania) one team.

The tournament took place in a variety of venues across the country – Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Victoria and Burnaby (Vancouver) – with the showcase stadium being Toronto's new National Soccer Stadium[1] where the final match was held.

On 28 June 2007, two days before the inaugural match, it was reported that 950,000 tickets had been sold,[2] making it the largest single-sport event ever taking place in the country,[3] and on 3 July, the tournament organisers sold the millionth ticket.[4] On 19 July, the semifinal match between Chile and Argentina marked this edition as the most attended in the tournament's history, with an accumulated attendance of 1,156,187 spectators, surpassing Mexico 1983's 1,155,160 spectators.[5] Final attendance totalled 1,195,299.

Contents

VenuesEdit

QualificationEdit

 
2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup final rankings.

Twenty-three teams qualified for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. As the host team, Canada received an automatic bid, bringing the total number of teams to twenty-four for the tournament. The draw for the group stages took place on 3 March 2007 in Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, Toronto.

Confederation Qualifying Tournament Qualifier(s)
AFC (Asia) 2006 AFC Youth Championship   Japan
  Jordan1
  North Korea1
  South Korea
CAF (Africa) 2007 African Youth Championship   Congo1
  Gambia1
  Nigeria
  Zambia
CONCACAF
(North, Central America & Caribbean)
2007 U-20 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying tournament   Costa Rica
  Mexico
  Panama
  United States
CONMEBOL (South America) 2007 South American Youth Championship   Argentina
  Brazil
  Chile
  Uruguay
OFC (Oceania) 2007 OFC U-20 Championship   New Zealand1
UEFA (Europe) 2006 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship   Austria
  Czech Republic
  Poland
  Portugal
  Scotland
  Spain
Host nation   Canada
1.^ Teams that made their debut.

Match officialsEdit

Confederation Referee Assistants
AFC Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (Malaysia) Thanom Borikut (Thailand)
Mu Yuxin (China)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Bahadyr Kochkarov (Kyrgyzstan)
CAF Mohamed Benouza (Algeria) Amar Talbi (Algeria)
Mazari Kerai (Algeria)
CONCACAF Steven Depiero (Canada) Héctor Vergara (Canada)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) Roberto Giron (Honduras)
Daniel Williamson (Panama)
Germán Arredondo (Mexico) Héctor Delgadillo (Mexico)
Francisco Pérez (Mexico)
Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname) Anthony Garwood (Jamaica)
Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica)
Terry Vaughn (United States) Chris Strickland (United States)
George Gansner (United States)
CONMEBOL Hernando Buitrago (Colombia) Abraham González (Colombia)
Rafael Rivas (Colombia)
OFC Peter O'Leary (New Zealand) Brent Best (New Zealand)
Kaloata Chilia (Vanuatu)
UEFA Howard Webb (England) Mike Mullarkey (England)
Darren Cann (England)
Wolfgang Stark (Germany) Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Volker Wezel (Germany)
Viktor Kassai (Hungary) Gábor Erős (Hungary)
Tibor Vámos (Hungary)
Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain) Fermín Martínez Ibáñez (Spain)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
Martin Hansson (Sweden) Stefan Wittberg (Sweden)
Henrik Andrén (Sweden)

SquadsEdit

For a list of the squads see 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup squads

Group stageEdit

 
Rubin Okotie of Austria vs. Destin Onka of Congo at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on 2 July 2007.

The 24 participating teams were distributed between six groups of four teams each, according to a draw held on 3 March 2007. The groups are contested on a league system, where each team plays one time against the other teams in the same group, for a total of six matches per group. Each group winner and runner-up teams, as well as the best four third-placed teams, qualify for the first round of the knockout stage (round of 16).

Group AEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Chile 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7 Advanced to the round of 16
  Austria 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5
  Congo 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  Canada 3 0 0 3 0 6 −6 0

1 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Canada   0–3   Chile
Report Medina   25'
Carmona   54'
Grondona   81'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 20,195
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

2 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Congo   1–1   Austria
Ibara   59' (pen.) Report Hoffer   7'

5 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Austria   1–0   Canada
Okotie   47' Report

5 July 2007
20:30 MDT
02:30 UTC
Chile   3–0   Congo
Sánchez   49'
Medina   75'
Vidal   82'
Report

8 July 2007
18:00 MDT
00:00 UTC
Canada   0–2   Congo
Report Ngakosso   26'
Ikouma   60'
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Attendance: 32,058
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

8 July 2007
20:00 EDT
00:00 UTC
Chile   0–0   Austria
Report
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

Group BEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Spain 3 2 1 0 8 5 +3 7 Advanced to the round of 16
  Zambia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
  Uruguay 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  Jordan 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1

1 July 2007
14:15 PDT
21:15 UTC
Jordan   1–1   Zambia
Abdullah Deeb   41' Report Tembo   8' (pen.)
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Terry Vaughn (United States)

1 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Spain   2–2   Uruguay
Adrián L.   71'
Capel   90+3'
Report Cavani   47'
Suárez   56'
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

4 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Uruguay   1–0   Jordan
Cavani   40' Report
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)

4 July 2007
19:45 PDT
02:45 UTC
Zambia   1–2   Spain
Njobvu   74' Report Suárez   30' (pen.)
Mata   40'
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Germán Arredondo (Mexico)

7 July 2007
14:15 PDT
21:15 UTC
Spain   4-2   Jordan
Adrián L.   29'32'38'
Marquitos   79'
Report Omran   48'
Deeb   56'
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Hernando Buitrago (Colombia)

7 July 2007
14:15 PDT
21:15 UTC
Uruguay   0-2   Zambia
Report Mulenga   22' (pen.)
Kola   51'
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Mexico 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9 Advanced to the round of 16
  Gambia 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6
  Portugal 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 5 −4 0

2 July 2007
14:15 EDT
18:15 UTC
Portugal   2–0   New Zealand
Gama   45'61' (pen.) Report
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Hernando Buitrago (Colombia)

2 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
Gambia   0–3   Mexico
Report Dos Santos   57'
Moreno   67'
J. Hernández   89'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

5 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
New Zealand   0–1   Gambia
Report Jallow   22'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

5 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Mexico   2–1   Portugal
Dos Santos   48' (pen.)
Barrera   66'
Report Antunes   89'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

8 July 2007
17:15 EDT
21:15 UTC
Portugal   1–2   Gambia
Condesso   20' Report Jallow   44' (pen.)
Mansally   68'
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 28,402
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

8 July 2007
15:15 MDT
21:15 UTC
New Zealand   1–2   Mexico
Pelter   89' Report Bermúdez   24'
Mares   78'
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Attendance: 29,792
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

Group DEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  United States 3 2 1 0 9 3 +6 7 Advanced to the round of 16
  Poland 3 1 1 1 3 7 −4 4
  Brazil 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  South Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2

30 June 2007
14:15 EDT
18:15 UTC
Poland   1–0   Brazil
Krychowiak   23' Report
Olympic Stadium, Montréal
Attendance: 55,800
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

30 June 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
South Korea   1–1   United States
Shin Young-rok   38' Report Szetela   17'
Olympic Stadium, Montréal
Attendance: 55,800
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

3 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
United States   6–1   Poland
Szetela   9'51'
Adu   20'45+3'85'
Altidore   70'
Report Janczyk   5'
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 35,801
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

3 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Brazil   3–2   South Korea
Amaral   35'
Pato   48'59'
Report Shim Young-sung   83'
Shin Young-rok   89'
Olympic Stadium, Montréal
Attendance: 35,801
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

6 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Brazil   1–2   United States
Lima   64' Report Altidore   25'81'

6 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Poland   1–1   South Korea
Janczyk   45' Report Lee Sang-ho   71'
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 34,912
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (Suriname)

Group EEdit

 
Czech Republic vs. DPR Korea at the Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa on 3 July 2007.
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Argentina 3 2 1 0 7 0 +7 7 Advanced to the round of 16
  Czech Republic 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
  North Korea 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  Panama 3 0 1 2 1 8 −7 1

30 June 2007
16:30 EDT
20:30 UTC
North Korea   0–0   Panama
Report
Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa
Attendance: 26,559
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

30 June 2007
19:15 EDT
23:15 UTC
Argentina   0–0   Czech Republic
Report
Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa
Attendance: 26,559
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

3 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
Czech Republic   2–2   North Korea
Kalouda   56'
Fenin   66'
Report Kim Kum-il   12'
Jon Kwang-ik   89' (pen.)

3 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Panama   0–6   Argentina
Report Moralez   20'27'
Zárate   23'
Agüero   25'62'
Di María   76'

6 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
Czech Republic   2–1   Panama
Kalouda   79'
Střeštík   82'
Report Barahona   84'
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 34,912
Referee: Steven Depiero (Canada)

6 July 2007
17:00 EDT
21:00 UTC
Argentina   1–0   North Korea
Agüero   35' Report
Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa
Attendance: 26,559
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

Group FEdit

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
  Japan 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Advanced to the round of 16
  Nigeria 3 2 1 0 3 0 +3 7
  Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3 Referred to the ranking of third-placed teams
  Scotland 3 0 0 3 2 7 −5 0

1 July 2007
14:15 PDT
21:15 UTC
Japan   3–1   Scotland
Morishima   43'
Umesaki   57'
Aoyama   79'
Report Campbell   82'
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Germán Arredondo (Mexico)

1 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Nigeria   1–0   Costa Rica
Ideye   75' Report
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)

4 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Costa Rica   0–1   Japan
Report Tanaka   68'
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
Attendance: 10,500
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

4 July 2007
19:45 PDT
02:45 UTC
Scotland   0–2   Nigeria
Report Bala   49'78'

7 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Japan   0–0   Nigeria
Report
Royal Athletic Park, Victoria
Attendance: 11,500
Referee: Germán Arredondo (Mexico)

7 July 2007
17:00 PDT
00:00 UTC
Scotland   1–2   Costa Rica
Reynolds   18' Report Herrera   57'
McDonald   90+2'

Ranking of third-placed teamsEdit

Group Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Status
A   Congo 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4 Advanced to the round of 16
B   Uruguay 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
C   Portugal 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3
D   Brazil 3 1 0 2 4 5 −1 3
F   Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 3 −1 3
E   North Korea 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2

Knockout stageEdit

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
11 July – Edmonton            
   Austria  2
14 July – Toronto
   Gambia  1  
   Austria (aet)  2
11 July – Toronto
     United States  1  
   United States (aet)  2
18 July – Edmonton
   Uruguay  1  
   Austria  0
11 July – Burnaby
     Czech Republic  2  
   Spain (aet)  4
14 July – Edmonton
   Brazil  2  
   Spain  1 (3)
11 July – Victoria
     Czech Republic (p)  1 (4)  
   Japan  2 (3)
22 July – Toronto
   Czech Republic (p)  2 (4)  
   Czech Republic  1
12 July – Edmonton
     Argentina  2
   Chile  1
15 July – Montreal
   Portugal  0  
   Chile (aet)  4
12 July – Ottawa
     Nigeria  0  
   Zambia  1
19 July – Toronto
   Nigeria  2  
   Chile  0
12 July – Toronto
     Argentina  3   Third Place
   Argentina  3
15 July – Ottawa 22 July – Toronto
   Poland  1  
   Argentina  1    Austria  0
12 July – Montreal
     Mexico  0      Chile  1
   Mexico  3
   Congo  0  

Round of 16Edit

11 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Austria   2–1   Gambia
Prödl   45+1'
Hoffer   81'
Report Gómez   69'
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Attendance: 18,721
Referee: Mohamed Benouza (Algeria)

11 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
United States   2–1 (a.e.t.)   Uruguay
Cardaccio   87' (o.g.)
Bradley   107'
Report Suárez   73'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)

11 July 2007
20:15 PDT
03:15 UTC
Spain   4–2 (a.e.t.)   Brazil
Piqué   43'
J. García   84'
Bueno   102'
Adrián L.   120+1'
Report Lima   39'
Pato   41'
Swangard Stadium, Burnaby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

11 July 2007
20:15 PDT
03:15 UTC
Japan   2–2 (a.e.t.)   Czech Republic
Makino   22'
Morishima   47' (pen.)
Report Kúdela   74' (pen.)
Mareš   77' (pen.)
  Penalties  
Yasuda  
Aoki  
Makino  
Morishima  
Kashiwagi  
3–4   Fenin
  Kúdela
  Suchý
  Pekhart
  Okleštěk

12 July 2007
16:45 EDT
20:45 UTC
Zambia   1–2   Nigeria
Kola   33' Report Elderson   3'
Akabueze   57'
Frank Clair Stadium, Ottawa
Attendance: 22,531
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

12 July 2007
16:45 EDT
20:45 UTC
Argentina   3–1   Poland
Di María   40'
Agüero   46'86'
Report Janczyk   33'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)

12 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Mexico   3–0   Congo
Dos Santos   23' (pen.)
Esparza   85'
Barrera   90+4'
Report
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 40,204
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

12 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Chile   1–0   Portugal
Vidal   45' Report

Quarter-finalsEdit

14 July 2007
14:15 EDT
18:15 UTC
Austria   2–1 (a.e.t.)   United States
Okotie   43'
Hoffer   105'
Report Altidore   15'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

14 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Spain   1–1 (a.e.t.)   Czech Republic
Mata   110' Report Kalouda   103'
  Penalties  
Mata  
Adrián G.  
Valiente  
J. García  
Piqué  
3–4   Fenin
  Suchý
  Kúdela
  Pekhart

15 July 2007
14:15 EDT
18:15 UTC
Chile   4–0 (a.e.t.)   Nigeria
Grondona   96'
Isla   114' (pen.)117'
Vidangossy   120+2'
Report
Olympic Stadium, Montreal
Attendance: 46,252
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

15 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Argentina   1–0   Mexico
Moralez   45' Report

Semi-finalsEdit

18 July 2007
17:45 MDT
23:45 UTC
Austria   0–2   Czech Republic
Report Mičola   4'
Fenin   15'
Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton
Attendance: 28,401
Referee: Howard Webb (England)

19 July 2007
19:45 EDT
23:45 UTC
Chile   0–3   Argentina
Report Di María   12'
Yacob   65'
Moralez   90+3'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)

Match for third placeEdit

22 July 2007
12:15 EDT
16:15 UTC
Austria   0–1   Chile
Report Martínez   45+1'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)

FinalEdit

22 July 2007
15:15 EDT
19:15 UTC
Czech Republic   1–2   Argentina
Fenin   16' Report Agüero   62'
Zárate   86'
National Soccer Stadium, Toronto
Attendance: 19,526
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)

GoalscorersEdit

6 goals
5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
1 own goal

AwardsEdit

Golden Ball Silver Ball Bronze Ball
  Sergio Agüero   Maximiliano Moralez   Giovani dos Santos
Golden Shoe Silver Shoe Bronze Shoe
  Sergio Agüero   Adrián López   Maximiliano Moralez
FIFA Fair Play Award
  Japan

Final rankingEdit

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Argentina 7 6 1 0 16 2 +14 19
2   Czech Republic 7 2 4 1 10 7 +3 10
3   Chile 7 5 1 1 12 3 +9 16
4   Austria 7 3 2 2 6 6 0 11
Eliminated in the quarter-finals
5   Mexico 5 4 0 1 10 3 +7 12
6   Spain 5 3 2 0 13 8 +5 11
7   United States 5 3 1 1 12 6 +6 10
8   Nigeria 5 3 1 1 5 5 0 10
Eliminated in the Round of 16
9   Japan 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3 8
10   Gambia 4 2 0 2 4 6 –2 6
11   Zambia 4 1 1 2 5 5 0 4
12   Uruguay 4 1 1 2 5 6 –1 4
13   Congo 4 1 1 2 3 7 –4 4
14   Poland 4 1 1 2 4 10 –6 4
15   Portugal 4 1 0 3 4 5 –1 3
16   Brazil 4 1 0 3 6 9 –3 3
Eliminated at the group stage
17   Costa Rica 3 1 0 2 2 3 –1 3
18   South Korea 3 0 2 1 4 5 –1 2
19   North Korea 3 0 2 1 2 3 –1 2
20   Jordan 3 0 1 2 3 6 –3 1
21   Panama 3 0 1 2 1 8 –7 1
22   Scotland 3 0 0 3 2 7 –5 0
23   New Zealand 3 0 0 3 1 5 –4 0
24   Canada 3 0 0 3 0 6 –6 0

ControversiesEdit

Nigerian accusations of racismEdit

The Chile–Nigeria quarter-final match took place on FIFA's "Say No To Racism Day." During extra time, Chile's Mauricio Isla scored at the 96th minute. The Nigerians argued that it was offside, though referee Howard Webb allowed the goal to stand. Replays showed that a defender was caught out of place on an offside trap. Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was shown the yellow card for his protest.[6][7]

At a post-game news conference, Nigerian coach Ladan Bosso said, "What happened on the pitch, the officiating, I think FIFA has a long way to go to beat racism, because that official showed racism." When asked if he felt Webb was a racist, Bosso said only that "It's good for FIFA to bring in the fight against racism, but they have to follow it to the letter, so the implementation will be done."[7] The coach was fined CHF 11,000 and banned for four months, as the disciplinary committee found him guilty of "offensive behaviour" under the terms of article 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

The Nigerian Football Association was also sanctioned for allowing the players to wear T-shirts with religious statements under their game jerseys. This was a violation of the regulations of the tournament, which state, "Players and officials are not allowed to display political, religious, commercial or personal messages in any language or form on their playing or team kits ..."[6]

Chilean clash with policeEdit

On 19 July 2007, Chilean players clashed with police following the semi-final match between Chile and Argentina. The Chilean players were angry with referee Wolfgang Stark saying he "lost control of the match early"[8] and complaining about being issued seven yellow cards and two red cards.[9] In total, he issued 53 fouls.[10] Following the match, Stark and his colleagues were surrounded by Chilean players who had to be restrained by members of the Toronto Police Service. Stark was then escorted off of the pitch and into the dressing room tunnel by police officers for fear that he would be attacked by the crowd or Chilean players.[11] Afterwards, several players and delegates of the Chilean team were involved in a brawl with police outside Toronto's National Soccer Stadium,[12]

The Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said that the melee began when Chilean players got into a scuffle with a rival fan.[13] He added that "members of the Chilean team then decided to direct some of their aggressive behaviour towards my officers... The job of my officers was to respond in a firm, but fair, manner to end that violence. They are trained to do so, and that is what they did."[13] The Chilean players say that Isaías Peralta walked towards Chilean fans stationed behind a security fence, but was stopped by about ten policemen. They then say a heated discussion took place, where Peralta (who speaks no English) was verbally and physically abused by the policemen.[14]

Peralta was tasered by one police officer and lost consciousness for 20 minutes.[14] The other players then got involved in the struggle with the police, before getting back on the bus and closing the doors. According to eyewitness accounts, the players on the bus began throwing things at police through the windows and tried to grab officers from inside the damaged bus.[15] Three minutes later the president of the Chilean National Association of Professional Football (ANFP), Harold Mayne-Nicholls, asked the players to descend from the bus to take a different one. As the players were getting off the bus the police then took the players back to the stadium.[16]

FIFA spokesman John Schumacher said, "The Chilean players were detained by the police to de-escalate the situation that was taking place in front of the stadium.

.Aftermath

Ten Chilean team members were detained over three hours and then released without charges.[17] FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the next day at a press conference in Toronto that the incident was "regrettable" and that he "apologized in the name of FIFA."[18] The ANFP (Chilean Professional Football Association) hired a Toronto law firm to pursue legal action against the Toronto police.[16]

In Chile, the incident was on the front page of every major newspaper. The Canadian embassy in Santiago received a bomb threat and angry Chileans protested outside the embassy with signs reading "Racist Canada."[19] Chile President Michelle Bachelet said that the incident was "especially serious because, in our opinion, the Chilean delegation suffered unjustified aggression,"[18] and lodged a formal protest with the Canadian government.[20] In response, Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper remarked that "international soccer matches are hotly contested and often become very emotional. As you know, there are processes in Canada by which the authorities review these kinds of incidents and I don't intend to comment further."[20]

It was reported in the Canadian media that one of the Chilean team members had punched a female police office in the face before Peralta had been tasered.[21][22] An internal review headed by Superintendent Jim Ramer found that officers had acted professionally and with "an immense amount of restraint" during the conflict outside BMO Field, in which Chilean players "punched, kicked, spat on and kicked" police and security staff. The report stated that the violence started when two people not involved in the game confronted each other. Security guards first attempted to intervene, and then police, which is when a Chilean player punched a female police officer in the face. From that point, the report said the violence escalated; Chilean players dismantled the armrests and footrests from the bus seats, and smashed the windows in order to spit at and throw these objects, plus D-cell batteries, clothes hangers, and cans of deodorant at the police. Four officers were reportedly injured by projectiles. FIFA agreed to pay for the $35,000 in damages to the team's rented bus.[21]

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, chair of the Football Federation of Chile and a witness to the event, said, "I didn't see any Chilean player hitting any officer except between all the struggling." Patricio Bascunan, president of the Salvador Allende Cultural Society of Toronto, said an independent review was needed.[21]

Chile's Jaime Grondona was suspended for nine months at all levels (domestic and international) and fined CHF 7,000 (including procedural costs) for assaulting match officials. The Chilean football association was fined CHF 15,000 for "team misconduct".

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "National Soccer Stadium" was the temporary name of the BMO Field during this tournament, as FIFA prohibits sponsorship of stadia unless the stadium sponsor is also an official FIFA sponsor.
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  14. ^ a b Campbell, Morgan; Toronto Star: CSA seeking witnesses to Chile brawl; 24 July 2007 Archived 28 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Chile officials say Toronto police to blame for soccer team's post-match brawl Archived 12 January 2008 at the Wayback Machine." Canadian Press. Retrieved 21 July 2007.
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  22. ^ Dale, Daniel; Toronto Star: Chilean player admits officer was punched; 30 July 2007 Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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