Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona faces the prospect of FIFA punishment after being alleged to have made a racist gesture during a row in their defeat to South Korea.
The home side claimed a 2-1 victory in the international friendly on Friday thanks to a couple of goals from Son Heung Min, which rendered Cristian Zapata’s belated strike little more than a consolation.
But the game’s major talking point arrived in the 17th minute of the second half, when the 24-year-old, who is on loan at Boca Juniors from Monterrey, appeared to make a squinting-eyes gesture towards the home players.
Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman refused to discuss the incident in the post-match press conference and avoided answering a question about a potential punishment from FIFA.
"I didn't see that gesture and I cannot comment on that," Pekerman told reporters.
"It was a physical game. Things happen during a game like this. I can't comment further on an incident that I didn't see with my own eyes."
With the actions of the player caught on camera and televised across the East Asian country, Cardona has received significant criticism from South Korea supporters.
(Edwin Cardona)— (@khalki94worm) November 10, 2017
This bitch is racist in South Korea today
I want you to watch your way back to the club pic.twitter.com/Zc9LinwZkl
Colombia media outlet Gol Caracol made light of the "funny and mischievous" incident, suggesting Cardona won't face much of a backlash for the incident in his own country.
Both countries will be at World Cup 2018 next summer having qualified for the tournament in Russia with their final games of group stage qualification.