The Colombian Football Federation (FCF) has asked Copa America organizers to suspend the referee from its 2-1 defeat by Brazil, saying he prejudiced the result by not halting play when the ball hit him in the lead up to a goal.
Nestor Pitana, the Argentine who refereed the 2018 World Cup final, waved play on when the ball bounced off him outside Colombia’s box and Brazil continued passing for Roberto Firmino to head in an equalizer.
Rubbing salt into the wound, long protests by Colombian players led to an added 10 minutes of stoppage time, with the home side netting a winner in the 100th minute.
Colombia had lead after 10 minutes through Luis Diaz.
“Even the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) indicated to the referee that the pass from the Brazilian player that rebounded off the referee was going…