Penalty or Not: Osses and Italy v. Costa Rica
Dear me, Enrique Osses, dear me.
In about the 42nd minute of the Italy v. Costa Rica game, Joel Campbell was racing toward Italy’s goal. He was controlling the ball and running forward.
Giorgio Chiellini of Italy was beaten and he knew it. So, he committed a professional foul and pushed Campbell down from behind.
Penalty and yellow card? You’d think. Osses saw neither, even though he was in a decent position to see it, and waved Campbell up.
Bryan Ruiz (above) scored a couple of minutes later to take the sting off, but it doesn’t negate the call.
Looking at the video, despite Campbell’s control, I don’t necessarily think it was a clear denial of goalscoring opportunity, so not a red card. But I don’t see how it’s not a penalty.
What do you think? Tell us below.