Scolari suspended 6 matches for criticizing ref
World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been suspended
six games for saying that a referee was predetermined to make calls
against his team in the semifinals of the Sao Paulo state
The sports tribunal also fined the Brazilian about $25,000
(?17,500) for his remarks after Palmeiras had a player sent off and
was eliminated by Corinthians on penalties on May 1.
Palmeiras didn’t want referee Paulo Cesar de Oliveira to
officiate the match after a newspaper reported that he would be
selected, but officials kept him in the selection process and he
was eventually picked.
Oliveira gave a straight red card to Palmeiras defender Danilo
in a controversial incident early in the first half and Scolari
complained heavily in the post-match news conference.
The game was 0-0 when Danilo was dismissed. The game finished
1-1 after regulation time and Corinthians went on to win 5-4 on
Palmeiras goalkeeper Deola also complained on Twitter after the
match and received a two-match suspension for his remarks, while
Danilo got the usual one-match suspension for the foul that
prompted his red card.
Palmeiras and Santos are Brazil’s most successful league clubs,
with eight titles each. Palmeiras starts this year’s Brazilian
league season on Sunday against Botafogo.