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Cufre to face panel over red card row

Argentina defender Leandro Cufre faces a disciplinary panel and German players or officials could also be punished over the fracas that followed the host team's shootout win in the World Cup quarterfinals.
FIFA communications director Markus Siegler said yesterday that the "legal procedure will be started as is normal in the case of a red card."
At least one German player was injured and several players and staff from each team were involved in a skirmish that followed Friday's shootout at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.
Cufre, an unused substitute, was given a red card by referee Lubos Michel after the match. Siegler said the disciplinary panel would review the video and check to see if other people would be sanctioned.
"There is a certain urgency, mainly concerning the German team because they have a semifinal on Tuesday," Siegler said. "They have a match to prepare for."
The pushing and shoving reportedly followed a verbal exchange during the shootout.
Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff, who was in the middle of the melee, said Per Mertesacker was "struck with full force in the leg by an Argentine reserve player, he was on the ground, the players started going for each other."
He said Mertesacker had "stud wounds in his thigh, was bleeding and very upset."
Lehmann notes
German goalkeeper Jens Lehmann had a secret weapon that helped him stop Argentina. As the Germans prepared for the penalty series, their coaching staff slipped a piece of paper into Lehmann's gloved hand. On it were the names of Argentina penalty takers and the direction in which they usually shoot.
Lehmann discreetly consulted the list between the penalties, keeping it in his right sock. He stopped shots from Roberto Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso, correctly guessing on both saves, and nearly saved the other two shots as well that Argentina took.
"We didn't know the order they would shoot in, so he had to look," Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said. "We have a very detailed scouting program.
"Our goalkeeper got very detailed information. He was told who usually takes penalties on the Argentine team, he was shown videos of all the penalties they shot in the past two years, who shot them, whether they shot left or right.
"It's very important for the team," Bierhoff said.


Updated : 2021-10-21 23:08 GMT+08:00