Luiz Felipe Scolari: Referee was right to give penalty
The Brazil coach has defended Yuichi Nishimura’s decision to award the host nation a spot-kick in their 3-1 World Cup win against Croatia.
Fred went down under the attention of Dejan Lovren and Nishimura gave a penalty, sparking fierce protests from the Croatians.
Scolari told the press: "For me it was a penalty. I saw the thing ten times in there, for me it was a penalty. Some faults that were for me, he [the referee] interpreted differently. Some cards. The interpretation is his."
In response to the view that the challenge on Fred did not merit a foul, Scolari said: "Thousands have not seen the penalty? The referee saw, gave a penalty. The decision is the referee's, he has to decide. We also think that it was a penalty."
Scolari, however, did concede that the Croatia coach, Niko Kovac, was justified to feel aggrieved at some of the decisions that went against his side.
"If I were in his place, I would also speak something," said Scolari.