Ghana-Mexico friendly: Coach Kwesi Appiah attacks referee

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Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has accused controversial referee Baldomero Toledo of using profanity against one of his players and also questioned the wisdom of assigning the Mexican-American to the match against Mexico .

Appiah was left frustrated by several controversial decisions by the match official led to his side’s 1-0 defeat to Mexico in a friendly Wednesday.

The penalty awarded against the Black Stars were heavily protested as the striker seemed to have barged into John Boye rather than the Ghana defender deliberately bringing him down.

He took several other controversial decisions denying Ghana of several infringements while highlighting tackles by the Black Stars.

The coach accused Toledo of using the F-word toward one of his players and also questioned the decision of putting a Mexican-American in charge of a game involving the Mexican national team.

“Talking about the referee, I was really, really shocked that in a game like this they would allow a Mexican to be the center ref when we were playing (against) Mexico,” Kwesi Appiah said in his post-match news conference.

“I’m really, really surprised. I never knew about it until after the game. I heard that he was a Mexican-American. I mean, it doesn’t make any difference. If you’re Mexican, you’re Mexican.

“On top of that also, his behavior on the pitch. The surprising thing, you know, he used the f-word against one of my players.

“This is something that modern days, we don’t need such reactions from a referee.

“I don’t know who organized it but because there are so many referees in the America here, I’m surprised that someone from Mexico should handle a Mexico game.”

Toledo, who grew up in Mexico but came to the United States as a young man, according to an interview he gave to a referee website , is listed as American by FIFA and has called games in MLS since 2004 and has been a FIFA referee since 2007.

Ghana now heads to East Hartford, Connecticut, to face the U.S. in a friendly, while Mexico’s first unit will play in the Confederations Cup semifinals against Germany on Thursday with the second unit facing Paraguay on Saturday before beginning Gold Cup play.

Source: ghanasoccernet

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