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Monday 22 September 2014

FIFA probe halftime tunnel incident in Brazil-Chile clash

Published 29/06/2014 | 18:24

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Brazil's David Luiz, centre, celebrates with teammates after Brazil's opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte
Brazil's David Luiz, centre, celebrates with teammates after Brazil's opening goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte

FIFA is probing an alleged confrontation between a Brazilian press official and Chile player Mauricio Pinilla in the tunnel at halftime in their World Cup match in Belo Horizonte on Saturday, the governing body said.

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"There has been an incident and the disciplinary committee are currently analysing the matter," FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer told reporters on Sunday.

The media officer being investigated, Rodrigo Paiva, said after the match that there was a scuffle with Pinilla at halftime and that he shoved him in self-defence.

"It was a mess. It was not something only I was involved in. Pinilla came towards me and I only defended myself but I did not punch him."

Pinilla came on after 87 minutes of the last 16 match at the Mineirao stadium just before the match went into extra time. With seconds of extra time remaining, he slammed a shot against the Brazil crossbar.

With the scores level at 1-1 after 120 minutes the game went to penalties and Pinilla missed his during the shootout which Brazil won 3-2 to progress to the quarter-finals where they play Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday.

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