Mexico coach apologises for rant

SOCHI:Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday’s ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.

Players from both camps got involved in the melee and after analysing the replays referee showed yellow cards to Mexico skipper Diego Reyes and defender Hector Herrera and New Zealand’s Boxall.

Osorio said he was incensed during the first half of the game when Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was left injured after a clash with rival forward Chris Wood in the New Zealand area and their opponents failed to kick the ball out of play.

New Zealand played on, went down the other end and nearly scored, with the Mexicans urging their opponents to stop the game. “I want to apologise to all the television viewers, I obviously went over the top when I got involved with their assistant coach,” he told Mexican media after his side’s 2-1 win.

“We always understood and respected their way of playing, a Cameroon 1 Anguissa 45+1 Australia 1 Milligan 60-p ON WEDNESDAY Mexico 2 New Zealand 1 Jimenez 54 Wood 42 Peralta 72 very direct type of football, with a lot of contact.”

“The situation in which Carlos Salcedo was left on the ground gave them a goalscoring chance,” added the Colombian. “Our players and myself were shouting at them and the New Zealand coach to stop the match.”

FIFA, however, has tried to stop the practice of teams kicking the ball out of play to allow treatment to injured opponents after it became routinely abused by players feigning injury to waste time or break up an attack. Teams who voluntarily kicked the ball out also got a raw deal because the ball would be returned to them deep in their own half rather than where play stopped. Instead, teams are now encouraged to play on until the referee stops the game, no matter how many players are down injured or how serious the injury appears to be. GUERREIRO OUT Portugal left-back Raphael Guerreiro looks set to miss the rest of the competition with an ankle injury as confusion reigned on Thursday after he initially said he had a fracture.

The Borussia Dortmund defender had to be helped off in the second-half of Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Russia in Moscow.

On his official Instagram account on Thursday, Guerreiro stated he had suffered a fracture, but that it was an old injury received months ago, before the post was later deleted. “Thank you for your messages, I have a fracture, but it happened three months ago,” Guerreiro posted.

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