Former Bulgarian international and Mamelodi Sundowns coach, Hristo Stoichkov, has slammed FIFA and also criticised their president, Sepp Blatter, for celebrating Brazil’s goals against Croatia.
The 48-year-old, who is in Brazil as a commentator for American TV Univision, believes the host nation’s chances of winning a 6th title “lie in the hands of FIFA”.
He told SporTV, “It depends a lot on Blatter. It’s pathetic, not right for him to celebrate Brazil’s goals. It’s pathetic, it shouldn’t be like that. Look at the penalty in Brazil’s favour. These are things that happen at FIFA. We know what they’re like, but the country doesn’t need that. Brazil is more than capable of reaching the final.”
Stoichkov was in the Bulgarian side that lost 2-1 to Italy in the 1994 World Cup semi-finals when Brazil were crowned champions, and he continues to blame FIFA for bad refereeing in that game.
“That Bulgarian side were the best ever. We should have played in the final but that dammed French referee, Joel Quiniou, is the most hated person in my country. FIFA plays a part, they know how to manipulate so specific teams can reach finals. At that stage we hadn’t had an Italy verses Brazil Final for 24 years.
“To me, ex-FIFA president, Joao Havelange, Ricardo Teixeira, former CBF president and Blatter are all bandits,” he concluded.