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Shocking scenes at full-time as Uruguay players surround officials following penalty claims against Ghana

19:46 SAST 2022/12/02
Uruguay Siebert World Cup 2022
A number of Uruguay players surrounded German referee Daniel Siebert following their 2-0 win over Ghana after waving away a late penalty claim.
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WHAT HAPPENED? Daniel Siebert blew his whistle after 10 minutes of stoppage time, bringing Uruguay's World Cup campaign to an end as they finished third in Group H. Realising that they had gone out, several players took their anger out on the officials after they failed to award Edinson Cavani a penalty following a coming together with Alidu Seidu late on. Both the striker and Jose Gimenez were booked after the final whistle, while one Uruguay player even tried to grab the assistant referee.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Uruguay appealed heavily for another penalty earlier in the second half after Daniel Amartey seemingly brought Darwin Nunez in the box. However, despite a VAR review, the original decision on no spot kick was upheld.

WHAT NEXT FOR URUGUAY? Not only does this result mark the end of Uruguay's World Cup campaign, it also marks the end for many of their elder statesmen. Both Luis Suarez and Cavani are expected to retire from international football, as is Diego Godin who was on the bench against Ghana. A failure of epic proportions is made worse by the loss of players that have performed so well for the national team over the years.