More than 225,000 Peruvians have signed in just 12 hours a public petition on the internet against the Chilean referee Julio Bascuñán, who on Tuesday directed the match between the Peruvian and Brazilian teams, won by the ‘canarinha’ 2-4 with a very controversial referee performance.
The petition launched on the change.org platform requests that the referee’s license be withdrawn Bascuñán, who whistled two highly debatable penalties in favor of the Brazilian team without apparently reviewing the VAR.
The initiative was published at the end of the meeting and in just three hours he had already got 180,000 supporters, while early this Wednesday had already added another 45,000 subscriptions.
The author of the petition recalled that Bascuñán was already the protagonist of other controversial sounds at the international level like last year in a Copa Libertadores match between Cerro Porteño and River Plate, where the Argentines protested that he did not send off Paraguayan striker Nelson Valdez after a hard tackle.
Escorted after the game
Bascuñán and the rest of the members of the referees appointed for the match had to be escorted by the riot police at the end of it, since several groups of fans waited to reprimand them. They are also being held at the hotel for security purposes.