Saudi Arabia bags two gold medals, 2 silvers in GCC Games    Saudi Athletes Achieve Great Victories in the 2nd Day of the GCC Games Tournament in Kuwait    Director of Islamic Affairs of Al-Madinah Branch Receives General Mufti of Kosovo    Saudi Arabia Strongly Condemns Terrorist Attacks on Military Base of African Union Peacekeeping Forces in Somalia    Cabinet congratulates Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed on becoming UAE president    DGDA, Riyadh Third Health Cluster sign MoU to provide healthcare services in Diriyah    City Walk Receives Entertainment and Event Enthusiasts within Jeddah Season with Exciting Shows    Historic Jeddah Zone Attracts Visitors By Distinctive and Historical Shows    Jeddah Pier, the greatest amusement park on the sea, welcomes its visitors with delight and joy during the "Jeddah Season."    Riyadh to host first conference of IAEE in Middle East    EU ready to defend Finland and Sweden in event of Russian attack amid NATO bids    Heavy rains trigger floods in northeast India, killing 8    Guterres calls for 'swift formation' of inclusive Lebanese government    'Saudi women's participation in economic activities reach highest level with 35.6%'    UAE president, vice president congratulate King Salman on being discharged from hospital    Kay Mellor: Actress and Fat Friends creator dies aged 71    OIC Secretary General Receives Permanent Representative of Guinea-Bissau to OIC    Jeddah Jungle Welcomes Visitors with Thrilling Safari Experiences    Egypt to Host 2022 Annual Meetings of Islamic Development Bank Group in Sharm El Sheikh    Saudi Stock Exchange Main Index Ends Trading Lower at 12,689.87 Points    Ruler of Ajman Congratulates Custodian of Two Holy Mosques on Being Discharged from Hospital    KSrelief Distributes 3,121 Food Baskets to 18,726 Individuals in Hargeisa, Somaliland    Foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia to jump 20 times by 2030: Al-Falih KSA develops business environment through massive reforms    Saudi delegation concludes partnerships with US capacity building companies    How cricket-crazy India scripted world badminton glory    Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, warns new PM    Asian Shares Advance    Twitter boss hits back on Musk doubts over fake accounts    Abdulghani clinches first gold for Saudi Arabia in Gulf Games    Jazan Hosts West Asian Beach Soccer Championship    Gulf Health Council: Large sunglasses give better UVA protection    Former Australia cricketer Symonds dies aged 46 in car crash    Saudi citizen turns attention to sports after retirement    5 Arab women filmmakers receive Netflix grant    Over 250 Saudi Female and Male Players to Participate in Kuwait 3rd GCC Games on Friday    Saudi Deaf Athletics Team Leaves for Brazil    Bollywood actor's tweet reignited debate over Hindi as India's national language    SFDA Advises to Wash Dates Well Before Eating    SFDA Advises Against Mixing Surplus of Iftar and Suhoor with Different Foods or Surplus from Other Days    Ministry calls on imams to avoid long supplications in Tahajjud Prayer    Nothing wrong with a Muslim celebrating birthdays, says Saudi scholar    Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt: Bollywood wishes for star couple on wedding    SFDA Warns Against Microbes Accumulation on Coffee when Stored Incorrectly    SFDA: Over-roasting or roasting is not an indication of the level of food and may cause harm to human health    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques addresses citizens and all Muslims on the occasion of the Holy month of Ramadan    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Fred denies diving to win penalty
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 15 - 06 - 2014

SAO PAULO — Brazil striker Fred has denied accusations he cheated to win a crucial penalty in the 3-1 opening World Cup win over Croatia and said contact from a defender was enough to “knock me off the ball and stop me scoring.”
Fred went down in the 69th minute of the Group A match Thursday with the score 1-1. Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura immediately pointed to the spot, incensing the Croatian players, and Neymar converted the kick.
“It was a clear penalty, there's no such thing as a more penalty or a less penalty,” Fred told the Brazilian Football Confederation's TV channel Friday.
“I controlled the ball and was about to turn, I got a hit on my shoulder, I lost control of the ball, I lost my balance and I fell,” he added. “I am not a player who throws himself to the ground.
“I see lots of people saying it wasn't a penalty but there was contact and it was enough to knock me off the ball and stop me scoring.
His comments came just moments after FIFA's head of refereeing defended the experienced Japanese official.
Massimo Busacca, in charge of refereeing for world soccer's ruling body, told reporters in Rio De Janeiro that Nishimura's decision appeared to be justified.
“The referee was in a very good position,” he said of the 42-year-old match official.
Busacca said a photograph of the incident showed there was contact between the two players in the penalty box, and that Dejan Lovren touched Fred not only with his left hand but also his right.
“If you make contact you permit the referee to go in one direction,” he added.
Busacca declined so say whether Nishimura would officiate at other matches during the World Cup, as he and his team had yet to make a full analysis of the referee's performance over the full duration of the opening game.
When one reporter suggested that Nishimura's decision was a mistake, Busacca replied: “A mistake? It's your opinion and I'll let you think it if you want.”
Croatian manager Niko Kovac was furious with the award and hit out at officials.
“If that's how we start the World Cup, we'd better give it up now and go home,” Kovac said.
“We talk about respect, that wasn't respect, Croatia didn't get any. If that's a penalty, we don't need to play football anymore. Let's play basketball instead.”
Nishimura showed Felipe Melo a red card as Brazil crashed out of the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010, effectively ending Brazil's hopes of coming back from 2-1 down and their dreams of a sixth world title.
Fierce debate over refereeing decisions was unlikely to end with Nishimura's intervention.
One of the main talking points after Friday's game between Mexico and Cameroon at a rain-soaked Dunas arena in Natal was the officiating, after two Giovani dos Santos efforts were controversially disallowed in the first half.
Mexico went on to win 1-0, however, thanks to a Oribe Peralta goal.
FIFA is using goal-line technology for the first time at this World Cup, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter this week suggested introducing a television referral system allowing managers to challenge up to two refereeing decisions per match. — Reuters

Clic here to read the story from its source.