Thiago Silva blames the media after Brazil denied penalty against Mexico
Brazil captain Thiago Silva has waded into the debate over whether Marcelo should have won the hosts a penalty against Mexico but the Paris Saint-Germain defender had some surprising people to blame.
The PSG and Brazil skipper doesn’t feel referee Cüneyt Çakır is to blame but that the media played a part in ensuring Marcelo didn’t win a penalty.
Silva feels after the vocal criticism of Fred and the widespread condemnation that it wasn’t a penalty, referee Çakır didn’t award the spot kick.
Goal.com quoted the 29-year-old, who said: "Last match, as soon as I showed up, the first question I was asked was about the referee.
"Today, that same question only came after 10 others. Against Croatia everybody was talking about the penalty, but today, from where I was, from the back, I saw that it was a penalty [against Marcelo].”
It was here that Thiago Silva went on to mention that the impact of the media could have resulted in Brazil not winning a penalty against Mexico.
He added: "I don't like to talk about those things. However, it's good that you guys mention it a little bit, because if you think about it, the repercussions of Fred's penalty might have influenced today.
"I have no doubts about that. If it hadn't been spoken about so loudly, maybe today we would've had a penalty."