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Kaka's run of yellow cards worries Brazil coach
By Mark Walsh
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 30 - 06 - 2010

Brazilian playmaker Kaka is used to being at the top of the scoring charts and heading lists of the best players in the world.
Despite his clean-cut image as a devout Christian and family man, in this World Cup it's Kaka's disciplinary record that is turning heads.
Another yellow card in Brazil's 3-0 win against Chile Monday added to his red card against Ivory Coast in the group stage.
Kaka shrugged when asked why referees seemed to be targeting him and said the yellow card he received after half an hour against Chile was “a normal foul”.
He was “worried” that further bookings could rule him out of matches in the latter stages of the tournament, although all players have their records wiped clean after the quarterfinals.
Kaka is hardly one of football's dirty players – his red card against Ivory Coast was his first for the national team and one his coach Dunga branded “completely unfair”.
The second yellow card that earned his early exit was shown for raising his arm against Kader Keita, though Kaka was not looking at his rival and seemed to be protecting himself rather than attacking the Ivorian.
The suspension meant Kaka was forced to sit out his side's final group game, a 0-0 draw against Portugal, though Brazil had already qualified.
Monday's yellow card against Chile also was for a seemingly innocuous challenge as a Chile player cut inside him. Kaka trailed a leg, but the foul looked clumsy rather than malicious. Nonetheless, English referee Howard Webb took out his book.
“It was a normal foul and the first foul I did in the match,” Kaka said. “I don't know why the referees are taking an interest in me. “I was a bit worried about getting another yellow card,” Kaka said. “Another expulsion would put me out of another game.”
Dunga said he would talk to Kaka about the situation but insisted referees were targeting the wrong players.
Dunga admitted Kaka's run of yellow cards was troubling.
“Yes, it is a problem, I don't want Kaka to be left suspended, the technical players are punished and those who commit fouls aren't,” Dunga said.
Playmaker Kaka has been slowly finding his form at the World Cup after he was dogged by a thigh injury in his first season since joining Real Madrid from AC Milan last summer.
“If we look at Kaka, he didn't play a 90-minute game in the last five months, we have built him up slowly, everything has been planned,” Dunga said.
The 2007 World Player of the Year showed glimpses of his best with two crucial moments against Ivory Coast.
The Real Madrid star was largely a peripheral figure against Chile before he provided the final pass for striker Luis Fabiano's goal in the 38th minute.
Kaka linked well with Robinho who made the run down the left and quickly released the Seville forward, who nipped past goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and side-footed into an empty net.
Dunga put his three star attackers, Fabiano, Kaka and official man of the match Robinho, in cotton wool ahead of their big quarterfinal with the Dutch, bringing them all off in the final 15 minutes.

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