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FIFA U-17 World Cup: Germany coach slams referee after quarterfinal loss vs Brazil

Germany head coach Christian Wueck blasted referee Jair Marrufo for not showing a Brazil player the red card for a foul on his team’s Jan Boller during their 1-2 quarterfinal loss in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 23, 2017 13:17 IST
Dhiman Sarkar
Dhiman Sarkar
Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Germany lost 1-2 to Brazil in a quarterfinal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Kolkata on Sunday.(AFP)

Germany coach Christian Wueck ripped into referee Jair Marrufo saying he made the difference in their quarter-final loss to Brazil in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Flinging his accreditation card on the podium, Wueck said, when Hindustan Times asked him about the supervision, “Well, you saw the game, didn’t you? You should be asking him that question.

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“I think the referee is responsible for the result,” he said after Sunday’s 1-2 defeat against Brazil that sent them home.

“Look at Jan Boller’s face, just below the eye. It is cut. This was just Before the winner. Before the tournament started, teams were spoken to by officials and it was said any elbow or hand to the face would fetch a red card.But nothing happened tonight,” said Wueck looking visibly angry.

The coach said Germany were the better team in the first half and if he has to criticize, it would be that they didn’t get the second goal in the first half.

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“As the match wore on, we got tired and on another day, it could have been taken to the penalties but not tonight,” said Wueck.

“Brazil have a lot of players who have a lot of individual skill but while I have no problem losing to Brazil, I find it difficult to look at my players who are crying in the locker room now. They had played a great game,” said Wueck.

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Weverson has personality

Brazil coach Carlos Amadeus said Weverson has lost his position in the starting lineup but “that’s the beauty of football. He has the personality to get there and risk everything with that shot.It made a beautiful goal,” he said.

Steering clear of the refereeing controversy a la Arsene Wenger, Amadeu though pointed out that Brazil have won the Fair Play trophy both at the South American championships this year and when these boys were under-15. If something like this has happened, I will speak to the players, he said.

“Brazil are here to play football.We have just one yellow card going into this match,” said Amadeu.

The coach said in the second half, after Germany had stifled them in the first,he had asked the wingers to move up and get the side backs to get into the middle. “The forwards were asked to attack the sides of their defence and through this change of tactics, we confused the Germans,” he said.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 10:56 IST