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Officials are not favouring Brazil - FIFA

14 June 2014 00:32

FIFA have dismissed claims officials are favouring Brazil in the World Cup following Thursday's controversial tournament opener.

Croatia players and manager Niko Kovac were furious after their 3-1 defeat in Sao Paulo.

The main bone of contention was referee Yuichi Nishimura's decision to award the Brazil a second-half penalty after a coming together between Dejan Lovren and Fred with the score 1-1.

That proved a turning point in the game, as Neymar converted from the spot before Oscar added a late third for the hosts, but FIFA have rubbished claims that the hosts are enjoying preferential treatment.

Thierry Weil, a spokesman for the governing body, said: "Here you are pretending something. I cannot let it stay like that. You are pretending FIFA is helping the host country which in my view is not the case.

"I have seen pictures from what happened; like Massimo (Busacca, the FIFA referees chief) said, it will be analysed. For sure here in the room you will have half say it was a penalty and the other half say it wasn't a penalty.

"We are talking here about a second of a decision, what the referee has to do. What we can guarantee you is that FIFA has nothing there to favour the host country."

Busacca, a former referee, added: "When you are on the pitch and you take a decision in one second, it is 'Team A' and 'Team B', 'Player A' and 'Player B'.

"You don't have time to think on the decision. You don't think, 'Aah I am in Brazil'. You do not have time - (it is) impossible."

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3 - 1

Competition
World Cup
Date
12 June 2014
Game week
1
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
3 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
11' Marcelo (OG)
Neymar 29'
(assist by Oscar) 
1 - 1
Neymar (PG) 71'  
2 - 1
Oscar 90'+1
(assist by Ramires) 
3 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
12
2
3
4
6 11'
17 88'
8
11 90+1'
9
7
10 27' 29' 71'
Coach: Luiz Felipe Scolari

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
20
16
1
5
13
14
15
19
21
22
23

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