Aruba walked off the pitch with most of the members of the team in tears, after Saint Lucia led 2-nil in their second match of the 2017 CONCACAF Under 17 Qualifiers.
Saint Lucia was absolutely dominating proceedings in this encounter when the coach of the Aruba national team was seen instructing his team to get off the field after just 80 minutes of football. With a player from Aruba injured on the field of play, many of the members of the team displayed a high level of emotion as they headed to their locker room.
From all indications the Aruban coaches complained about the calls on the field and the injuries to their players. Both teams worked assiduously throughout this game and the Arubans seemed to be on the receiving end of some of the fifty-fifty tackles. After nearly a ten minute break, and a stern threat of disciplinary action to the Aruban team by match officials, the team returned to the field of play.
“You need to lose with dignity,” said the match official as he addressed the team in their dug out, “whether the score is fifteen-nil or two-nil you have to complete the game.”
After this intervention by the CONCACAF official, the Aruba team returned on the pitch. No yellow cards were issued to the team nor the coaches for their actions. Within two minutes of the restart of play, Vionce Weeks found the back of the net for Saint Lucia. It took another minute and a half for Saint Lucia to score their 4th through Britanya St. Prix and another minute for Krysan St. Louis to find the back of the net.
In the end Saint Lucia won this absolutely thrilling encounter 5-nil. Earlier, group leaders Bermuda also registered a 5-nil thrashing over Antigua.
The question is: should the referee have issued a yellow card to the team or the coaching staff for their actions in this game?