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World Cup 2010: Paraguay Request Apology From FIFA For Refereeing Display During Spain Defeat

FIFA have refused to issue an apology to Paraguay following the performance of referee Carlos Batres in their 1-0 quarter-final defeat to Spain on Saturday evening.

A David Villa strike seven minutes from time proved enough to send La Furia Roja through to a last-four clash with Germany, but the drama begun minutes into the second half when the referee awarded la Albirroja a penalty kick for a foul by Gerard Pique on Oscar Cardozo.

Cardozo’s effort was saved by Iker Casillas, but Gerardo Martino, coach of the South Americans, believed that Pique should have saw red for his challenge on the Benfica forward, and ‘thanked FIFA in advance’ for an apology at what he felt was an injustice.

However, Spanish daily Marca comments that FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola baulked at Martino’s request, saying simply, “We do not have any further information on the incident now.”

Guatemalan whistler Batres has previously incensed Paraguay back in World Cup 2002, when he officiated their second round defeat to Germany, but in the eyes of the Paraguayans failed to award a penalty kick in the second half for a foul by Michael Ballack.

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