FIFA has opened an investigation into claims that the spokesman for the Brazil Football Confederation assaulted a Chile player during Saturday’s World Cup clash in Belo Horizonte.
Brazilian media reported on Sunday that Rodrigo Paiva threw a punch at Mauricio Pinilla at halftime. Paiva denies the claims although he did admit there had been an incident.
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He told the Lance newspaper: “There was pushing between the two sides. That always happens when everyone comes together. It was not an isolated incident and I did not punch anyone. It happens a lot and it has happened in other games too.”
FIFA confirmed it was seeking further information on the matter. Spokeswoman Delia Fischer said: “There has been an incident and the disciplinary committee is currently analyzing the matter.”
Brazil went on to win the game on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time. The host nation faces Colombia in the quarterfinals in Fortaleza on Friday.