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Scolari Laughs Off Kovac Ref Criticism

Brazil coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has dismissed Nico Kovac’s criticism of Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura.

Kovac had claimed the referee’s ‘ridiculous penalty’ influenced the game and that the tournament would end in a ‘circus’ if such bad officiating will continue.

However, Scolari was quick to respond to his counterpart, laughing off Kovac’s anger.

"The ref saw a penalty. He gave the penalty, and he's the one who decides," he told reporters after the game.

"And we think it was a penalty as well.

"I'm not going to talk about what the other coach said. All I say is Brazil has five world titles. So Brazil had five circuses to win five cups?

"I understand what my colleague has said, and I respect it, because I think the reason he said was due to the result, and I would probably be complaining if I had lost the match as well.

“But I didn't see us getting favoured by the referee. That's just something that has been said and it will stay said and there's no point in arguing about it."

The 65-year-old Brazil boss also took the time to hail Chelsea midfielder, Oscar, who had a brilliant game.

"Neymar took the Man-of-the-Match award, but if there was a second award it would have to be Oscar's," Scolari added.

"Oscar is a good boy. Before the game I went to him and told him he still owed me a goal and that today was the day, and afterwards he came to me and said he paid his debt.”

Brazil will play Mexico in their second match on 17 June.

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What did you make of the referee’s performance and who was your Man of the Match? Have your say in the comment section below.

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