Brazil’s Ricardo Raimundo suffered a broken rib Tuesday night
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Brazil’s Ricardo Raimundo suffered a broken rib Tuesday night during a halftime scuffle between his team and Mexico in a wild soccer semifinal at the Pan American Games.
The game was stopped, with Brazil ahead 1-0 with about a minute left in overtime, when a member of the Mexican staff ran onto the field to confront the referee and tripped Brazil’s Nelson Kerchner.
The Mexican offender, who wasn’t identified, went after Kerchner, who had decked Mexico’s Raul Servin moments earlier.
FIFA, governing body of world soccer, will meet Wednesday to determine the outcome of the game.
Mario Vazquez Rana, president of the Pan American Sports Organization, said he plans to review the incident as part of his role as head of the Mexican Olympic Committee.
If a Mexican athlete acted improperly, he will likely be banned from future international competition, Vazquez Rana said.
Brazil Coach Carlos Silva said the halftime fighting started when a Mexican player kicked the ball into the Brazilians’ bench.
″He didn’t show too much discipline for doing that,″ said Silva, who said he was struck in the nose.
The teams exchanged angry words as they left the field at halftime, and there were unconfirmed reports that some fans threw rocks at the Brazilian players.
More than 40 security officers rushed to the north end of the stadium, where the walkway to the locker rooms enters the stands.
The game was spiced by 13 penalties, eight against Mexico and five against Brazil. There were two ejections.
Vazquez Rana said he demands that representatives of Mexico behave properly in international events.
″In Mexico, we are very strict about discipline,″ he said. ″Later, we see if we can win.
″If I have to punish this young man if he carried his emotion to the field, he will not compete for Mexico again in an international event,″ Vazquez Rana said.