The coach accused referee Baldomero Toledo of using profanity toward one of his players and also questioned why organizers assigned a Mexican-American official to oversee a game involving the Mexican national team.
“Talking about the referee, I was really, really shocked that in a game like this they would allow a Mexican to be the center ref when we were playing (against) Mexico," Kwesi Appiah said in his post-match news conference. "I’m really, really surprised. I never knew about it until after the game. I heard that he was a Mexican-American. I mean, it doesn't make any difference. If you’re Mexican, you’re Mexican.
"On top of that also, his behavior on the pitch. The surprising thing, you know, he used the f-word against one of my players. This is something that modern days, we don’t need such reactions from a referee. I don’t know who organized it but because there are so many referees in the America here, I’m surprised that someone from Mexico should handle a Mexico game.”
Toledo, who grew up in Mexico but came to the United States as a young man, according to an interview he gave to a referee website , is listed as American by FIFA and has called games in MLS since 2004 and has been a FIFA referee since 2007.
Ghana now heads to East Hartford, Connecticut, to face the U.S. in a friendly, while Mexico's first unit will play in the Confederations Cup semifinals against Germany on Thursday with the second unit facing Paraguay on Saturday before beginning Gold Cup play.