Dzeko: 'Shameful' referee should be sent home after Bosnia-Herzegovina loss

The Bosnia-Herzegovina frontman had a goal incorrectly chalked off for offside and watched as Emmanuel Emenike overpowered Emir Spahic in run-up to Nigeria goal
By Peter Staunton in Cuiaba

Edin Dzeko says referee Peter O'Leary should be sent home after Bosnia-Herzegovina crashed out of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in Group F on Saturday night.

Dzeko, his nation's record goalscorer, believes that captain Emir Spahic was fouled by Emmanuel Emenike in the build-up to Nigeria's goal and he also had a goal wrongly ruled out for offside which would have levelled the tie.

"Today we should have won this game," he told Goal. "The referee was shameful in this competition. We are going home, we are sad because of that but this referee should be going home too. He changed the result and he changed the game. That's why we lost."

A 2-1 loss on the first matchday to Argentina at the Maracana left Bosnia with the need to avoid defeat against the Super Eagles in Cuiaba on Saturday.

Despite having a large share of the ball and Dzeko himself being presented with a number of chances, Safet Susic's side could not put any points on the board. For that, Dzeko lays the blame squarely at the feet of O'Leary.

"We tried to come back after the goal," he said. "But it was obviously a foul on our captain. And before when I scored the goal, it was never offside. We fought till the end. But we didn't have luck today."