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Brazil says Chile criticism of World Cup officiating is “disrespectful”

Jun 28, 2014, 7:47 AM EDT

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Chile has spoken out regarding refereeing decisions in the opening rounds of the World Cup, appealing to Howard Webb, who is in charge of Saturday’s knockout game against Brazil, to make sure the officiating is fair.

Forward Alexis Sánchez said, “I am very happy to be playing against the hosts, against the best defence in the world, a team with impressive quality — but what most worries me is the refereeing.”

The hosts have benefited from two very controversial decisions. The first was when, with the score tied, Fred went down under a light challenge from Dejan Lovren, earning Brazil a penalty that put them ahead of Croatia. Fred was also at the center of the other contentious decision, when his seemingly offside goal against Cameroon was allowed to stand.

Chile was also none too thrilled about the decisions made against them in their final game of the group stages, which ultimately ended in a 2-0 draw. As midfielder Arturo Vidal said, “We are a little unhappy with how the game went against Netherlands. We had the ball and we did everything, but there was no luck. The refereeing was not balanced. The refereeing in the last 16 will be important — we hope it is balanced then.”

Brazil, meanwhile, feel that Chile speaking out against the officiating is “disrespectful” to their country. Rodrigo Paiva, the director of communications at the Brazilian Football Federation, said:

Talking about this is not a lack of respect towards FIFA, or to the referee himself or to the Brazilian Selecao or to the people who work here in a very serious manner for a country with 100 years of football history and a winning history — it is a lack of respect to the Brazilian people.Brazil doesn’t need a referee to win the match, and you should respect a little bit more the Brazilian Selecao and the Brazilian people.

Brazil meets Chile at 12 noon ET. It sounds as though we’re in for a feisty first match of the knockout rounds.

  1. ravenswhat - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Chile is going to win this game.

  2. footballer4ever - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Brasil should not take this indignant and disrespected position. Chile has a valid point that refereeing has been flawed and let’s admit the host team gets calls in favor which has benefited them.

  3. heynyc61 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    But The officiating crew has made some terrible errors. Horrible mistakes no disrespectful. Just a fact

  4. lyleoross - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    The referees have nothing to do with Brazil, so how can criticizing them reflect on Brazil or the Brazilian people? The overt defense by Brazilian players suggests a recognition that Brazil is on the plus side of the poor calls. To be clear, referees make mistakes, and hopefully they don’t impact the end result and they play out fairly. In this WC, there have been a number of mistakes that appear to have impacted outcomes, and benefited the more favored teams. That appearance of a discrepancy is a problem, no matter what Brazil says or thinks.

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