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Brazil Shocked With Opening Game Ref

The decision by FIFA to appoint Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura, to handle the opening match of their 2014 World Cup extravaganza, has come under intense scrutiny by the host nation, Brazil.

South African soccer fans will recall that during the 2010 tournament, it was the very same whistleman, who handled the Brazil verses Holland quarterfinal match when the five-times world champions were surprisingly bundled out following a Felipe Melo red card.

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Brazilian commentator, Ledio Carmona, has severly critised the fact that Nishimura is going to be in charge again, calling FIFA’s decision “Courageous.”

Speaking to SporTV, he said, “Considering Brazil complained about his refereeing in 2010, I think to select him was courageous.

"Although he blew the whistle many times at Holland, even giving them a few yellow cards, at the same time he also allowed them space to play but Brazil was harshly punished with their red card.

"It makes sense that being an Asian he’s neutral, but FIFA has ignored these past issues.”

The 42-year-old Nishimura handled four games at the last World Cup, where Melo went for an early shower after stamping on Arjen Robben.

Do you think the Japanese referee could again blow against Brazil? Have your say in the comment section below.  

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