FIFA president Sepp Blatter says it was “unacceptable” to have so many fans on the field during the Confederations Cup match between the United States and Russia on Sunday.
“It was unacceptable,” Blatter told reporters at a news conference in Zurich on Wednesday.
The match started as planned at 3 p.m. “
You can’t play a game like this, where there are so many people on a pitch with so many players and it’s just a matter of the referee not giving a penalty.”
The match started as planned at 3 p.m.
ET (12 p.ms.
PT) with the United Soccer League’s Seattle Sounders scoring a 1-0 lead in the first leg.
The Americans won 2-0 on aggregate.
But just moments later, a goal by goalkeeper Luis Robles sent the match into overtime.
The result of that match will determine the winner of the World Cup for the United Kingdom, a country that hosts the tournament in Russia in June.
“The players were trained in the same way, they were all trained the same, they all had the same equipment, so they all played the same game,” Blair said.
“But the referee didn’t give the penalty because we had too many fans.”
The U.S. coach said he was disappointed that a penalty wasn’t given to the Russian team.
“That is a disappointing penalty,” he said.
The World Cup will be played in the city of San Jose, California, and in the country of Uruguay.
The Confederations, a tournament that includes 12 nations, began in 1950 and runs until 2022.