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Jakarta Post

Soccer Corner: Mexican referee Ramos causes more heartache for war-torn Syria

  • Jason Dasey

Singapore   /   Fri, January 18 2019   /  02:21 am

United States President Donald Trump painted a bleak picture of Mexicans during his colorful Presidential campaign and subsequent fight for a protective wall at the southern border. And now a Mexican referee at the ongoing AFC Asian Cup has done little to improve the nation’s unflattering image, however unwarranted.

Cesar Ramos, a guest official from the CONCACAF region, made a series of dubious calls as Syria was handed a 3-2 defeat against defending champions Australia in its final group game on Tuesday to be knocked out of the 2019 tournament in the United Arab Emirates.

This follows similar heartbreak for the Syrians at the penultimate hurdle before the 2018 World Cup. They suffered a costly red card in a Sydney playoff while coming up agonizingly short against the same opponents — an extra-time free-kick hit the woodwork — as they fell to a Tim Cahill-flavored 3-...