Canada says spitting incident triggered bad blood in World Cup win over Panama
TORONTO — The melee after the final whistle of Canada's 4-1 win over Panama on Wednesday was apparently triggered by a spitting incident.
A Canada Soccer spokesman confirmed Thursday that Canadian wingback Richie Laryea said a Panama player had spat at him in the dying minutes of the World Cup qualifying game at BMO Field.
Laryea, who did not speak to media after the match, stopped the game in the 89th minute while attempting to take a throw-in at centre field on the east side of the stadium. Moments earlier, Panama winger Edgar Barcenas had retrieved the ball and flipped it to Laryea before backing away.
Laryea suddenly dropped the ball and raised his hands in the air as fans in the seats behind him rose in anger.
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