The referee put Mexico out, rages Herrera

The former America boss was furious that Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca failed to caution Arjen Robben for diving and then awarded the winger a decisive late penalty
By Robin Bairner in Fortaleza

Miguel Herrera insisted his Mexico side were eliminated from the World Cup by refereeing decisions after Sunday's dramatic late defeat to Netherlands.

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El Tri led through a long-range Giovani dos Santos strike but Wesley Sneijder brought the Dutch level two minutes from the end of normal time and, in the second minute of injury time, referee Pedro Proenca pointed to the spot after Arjen Robben was deemed to have been felled by Rafael Marquez, with substitute Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converting.

After the match Herrera was furious that Robben had been awarded the decision, claiming the Bayern Munich man had been diving throughout the match without punishment.

When asked why his team had lost, the Mexico coach replied: "The reason was the referee. He put us out of the next stage. As I said, the first goal was due to a mistake on our part.

"But if the referees start giving fouls that they invent then you leave the World Cup due to events alien to you. In four of the games here, three of them saw referees against Mexico.

"At least we expect that the refereeing committee looks at this and the referee goes home just like us.

"[Robben] dived three times, and the referee should have booked him the first time. The referee should go back and caution the guy who tried to cheat. If that’s the case Robben doesn’t do it the second time.
"If you don’t do anything the first time, the player knows he won’t be sent off.

"When they send a referee from the confederation which is the same as the opponent then you have to start questioning why they bring referees from other confederations such as Asia, Africa etc."