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Portuguese and Dutch break record of shame

india Updated: Jun 26, 2006 03:17 IST
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Portugal and the Netherlands broke an unwanted World Cup record on Sunday with the number of cards issued by the referee.

Russian referee Valentin Ivanov sent four players off - Deco and Costinha for Portugal, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Khalid Boulahrouz for the Dutch - for two bookable offences while eight others were booked.

Portuguese captain Luis Figo could also face suspension along with Deco and Costinha for the quarter-final clash with England as he was booked for headbutting Mark van Bommel - though the victim overreacted.

For the record, Portugal won the match 1-0, and the scorer Maniche blamed the referee for the number of cards wielded.

"The referee did not contribute to the spectacle. I don't think that it was such a violent match to merit so many sendings off," said Maniche, who also scored a superb goal when Portugal ousted the Dutch in the Euro 2004 semi-finals.

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