Colombian Soccer Federation president Ramon Jesurun is optimistic Edwin Cardona will keep away from punishment from FIFA after making a watch gesture that sparked a racism controversy final month.
A FIFA spokesperson confirmed to ESPN FC case had been opened by the world’s soccer governing physique in opposition to Cardona and is ongoing after the midfielder’s gesture towards South Korean gamers throughout a global pleasant between the edges on Nov. 10.
Cardona, 24, got here on instead within the recreation that South Korea gained 2-1 in Suwon.
His actions have been condemned by the Korean media and captain Ki Sung-Yeung, who described the episode as “racist behaviour.”
Cardona, who’s taking part in on mortgage at Boca Juniors from Mexican aspect Monterrey, apologised in a video posted on Twitter by the Colombian Soccer Federation, saying his gesture was “misinterpreted.”
FIFA has tried to clamp down on racism and if it determines that Cardona dedicated a racist infraction, he might be suspended for at the least 5 video games, that means he might miss Colombia’s opening World Cup video games.
Nevertheless, Jesurun informed AS Colombia: “There’s an investigation. We responded [to FIFA] and we’re awaiting an absolute benign final result concerning this problem, however I do not know when it is going to be.”
Colombia completed fourth of their qualifying marketing campaign, taking CONMEBOL’s final direct World Cup spot for Russia.
Los Cafeteros have been drawn with Poland, Japan and Senegal in Group H.
They start their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Japan on June 19 earlier than going through Poland 5 days later.
The South American aspect play their closing group-stage match in opposition to Senegal on June 28.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based soccer author who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.