Javier Castrilli, former Argentine referee, explained on ESPN F12 why Emiliano Martínez should have been expelled in the definition of the Copa América semifinal between Argentina and Colombia: “First because of the insult and then because of the obscene gestures (…) what Martínez did is symbolic violence, we have to put a limit on that and I don’t give a damn if Argentina bitches me. “
Castrilli analyzed in detail everything that happened with the Argentine goalkeeper, who provoked the Colombian executors in the penalty shoot-out.
“I had not heard it, but Martínez tells a Colombian player ‘you like to wait, you shit’. That is an insult and automatically is a cause of expulsion. He does not admit another reading”, sentenced.
“Regarding the goalkeeper’s dialogue with Yerry Mina, Castrilli asserted:” This is cause for a warning. “
“Talking to the opponent, it does not occur to me, it is written on page 15 of the rules of the game: talking, distracting the opponent with words or comments is a cause for warning because it is unsportsmanlike conduct. I do not say so , the rules of the game say “.
“So, before criticizing me, because it seems that it occurs to me to say and throw myself at all of Argentina against it, why don’t we read the rules of the game and realize that there is a limit to that?”
“You can’t talk,” Castrilli said.
“Juan Simón is right when he says that the referee has to understand the context. If a player like Messi makes a hole in his ankle and bitches, of course you have to understand, but if he goes and says to a player: ‘You are a cagón ‘, you have to expel him, because it is an insult. There are moments and moments and the game. There are moments in which the referee has to set the limits “.
“This is a game that has its rules, what happens is that Argentines do not want to accept the rules. There are always exceptions, the ‘culture of the exception’ is lived.”
“You expel the first one and the others put their violin in the bag. The same in penalties.”
“First because of the insult and then because of the obscene gestures. We all know that these gestures have a symbolic charge, we have naturalized symbolic violence in Argentina so much that we even justify it. We all know what that means in football and the humiliation that That is what he intends. We do that to the defeated, we submit him sexually, that is what we naturalize. “
“We live complaining about the violence and we do not realize that we are violent. Everything that Martinez did is symbolic violence, we must put a limit on that and I don’t give a damn that Argentina whistles at me.” closed the topic on Draw.
THE KICK FROM FABRA TO MESSI
Regarding Frank Fabra’s hard kick to Lionel Messi in the first half, the Argentine ex-referee did not hesitate: “This is a direct expulsion, obviously. There is no discussion.”
Castrilli was very harsh about the refereeing of Venezuelan Jesús Valenzuela: “Lacking authority, he made the game become an ode to sports violence.”
“The appointment of this referee is very striking.”
“From Paul, Otamendi, Montiel. There were situations of extreme violence that should have received another response from the Áritro.”
WAS THERE A CRIMINAL TO OTAMENDI?
“This is difficult to determine. For me it is criminal. It is difficult to have a camera that verifies that the ball was in play, “said Castrilli about a grab in the area to Nicolás Otamendi by Dávinson Sánchez, which ended with the Argentine defender on the ground.
“For me this is penal, I have no doubt,” concluded the ex-referee.
And he charged again against the referee of the semifinal: “and an unusual violence. Tremendous what this sad, mediocre and absolutely absent referee allowed”.