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Referee admits error in Costa Rica game

The admission comes amidst controversy over decisions made in the Gold Cup.

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Guatemalan referee Walter López acknowledged that he made a mistake in giving Mexico a penalty kick at the end of its game with Costa Rica that resulted in their elimination from the Gold Cup.

The admission comes amidst controversy over a penalty in the dying seconds of Mexico's game with Panama Wednesday that resulted in the game being tied. Mexico would go on to win that game as well, benefitting from yet a third penalty.

López admitted that he did not have a good angle on the play, but that his assistant referee, Eric Boria of the United States, told him over his intercom that a foul had been committed.

"Refereeing is very complex," the referee said. "It was my assistant who, over the intercom, shouted to me it was a penalty. If he had not said it to me, I would not have called it."

López also denied that Concacaf had instructed any referee to rule in favor of any particular team.

The soccer federations of both Panama and Costa Rica have sent letters of protest to Concacaf over the decisions made by the referees in their games.

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