RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA is considering action against the Brazilian football confederation spokesman over a confrontation with a Chile player on the sidelines of their teams’ World Cup match on Saturday.
FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer says “there has been an incident and the disciplinary committee are currently analyzing the matter.”
Brazil team spokesman Rodrigo Paiva said he shoved Chile substitute Mauricio Pinilla in self-defense.
The altercation happened as teams headed to the dressing room at halftime at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.
Paiva said several people were involved and he denied throwing any punches.
Pinilla came on and struck the Brazil crossbar with a shot near the end of extra time.
Brazil won on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the quarterfinals. The host nation faces Colombia in Fortaleza on Friday.