Poor refereeing concerns Algeria coach



São Paulo - Algeria's national coach Vahid Halilhodzic has criticised World Cup referees ahead of his side's first game against Belgium on Tuesday, saying he fears refereeing mistakes more than the Red Devils.

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Algeria's national coach Vahid Halilhodzic. Photo: Lefty Shivambu

“What happened in the game between Croatia and Brazil is a scandal,” he told Belgium's Het Nieuwsblad newspaper in remarks published on Saturday.

“I am more worried about the referee than about Belgium. Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura has been criticised for granting Brazil a penalty that allowed the hosts to make it 2-1 against Croatia in the tournament's opening game on Thursday.

World governing body Fifa has defended the decision, saying there was clear contact between a Brazilian striker and a Croatian defender in the box.

“It's a shame,” added Hlilhodzic, who is Bosnian.

“The big countries will always receive preferential treatment. Brazil, England, Germany ... I know Algeria is a small country. But I demand that we are treated in the same manner as the big countries.”

Algeria also face Russia and South Korea in Group H. - Sapa-dpa

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