• Thursday, October 23, 2014

All eyes on Mexican referee

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The referee who failed to notice Luis Suarez bite Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup has been chosen to officiate Brazil's semifinal clash against Germany on Tuesday.
FIFA have confirmed that Mexico's Marco Rodriguez will referee the match in Belo Horizonte, which will be his first knock-out stage game at the tournament.
Rodriguez has so far been in charge of two matches in Brazil - including Uruguay's narrow 1-0 group-stage win over Italy in Natal, which saw Oscar Tabarez's men qualify for the last 16.
The victory was overshadowed by Uruguay star Suarez biting Italian defender Chiellini in the shoulder, which after going unseen and unpunished, resulted in Fifa handing the Liverpool striker a nine-match international ban and a four-month ban from all “football-related activity".
Earlier on in the game, Rodriguez had sent off Italy's Claudio Marchisio for a serious foul.
Meanwhile, Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger said Marco Rodriguez must pay close attention to tough-tackling Brazil in to ensure fouls do not go unchecked.
"I am all for hard, clean challenges, but there were one or two tackles which were over the limit," said Schweinsteiger after watching Brazil's win.


"Brazilians here aren't the magicians of old, the team has changed and so has their playing style.
"Hard challenges are definitely are part of their game, it's something we have to be careful of and the referee too."
Germany coach Joachim Loew echoed Schweinsteiger's sentiments.
"The Brazilians have technically good players, but they are also very robust and it's something the referee must pay close attention to," said the 54-year-old.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, July 08, 2014

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