Brazil rails at notion of World Cup referee bias

The Associated Press
Brazil rails at notion of World Cup referee bias
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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari instructs players during a training session at the Granja Comary training center in Teresopolis, Brazil, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Brazil will face Chile in their next World Cup soccer match, Saturday. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil is bristling at what it calls ''ridiculous'' suggestions in Chilean media that English referee Howard Webb could favor the home team in the two nations' round-of-16 match on Saturday.

Brazil team spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said such suggestions disrespect the Brazilian people.

He accused Chilean media of being ''immature'' and added: ''This kind of pressure I think it's even ridiculous.''

Fielding a question at a regular pre-match news conference on Friday with Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and captain Thiago Silva, Paiva said: ''Brazil doesn't need a referee to win the match and you should respect a little bit more the Brazilian national team and the Brazilian people.''

Webb also oversaw Brazil's 3-0 win against Chile at the same stage of the 2010 World Cup.