FIFA World Cup: Portugal Deny Raul Meireles Showed 'Finger' to Referee

Updated: 17 June 2014 16:18 IST

Pictures on social media show Raul Meireles, who sports a distinctive Mohawk hairstyle, raising the third finger on both hands to referee Milorad Mazic who had sent off Real Madrid defender Pepe.

FIFA World Cup: Portugal Deny Raul Meireles Showed 'Finger' to Referee
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Portugal denied midfielder Raul Meireles gave a World Cup referee the finger in his side's stormy 4-0 defeat to Germany, insisting that he was merely gesturing a tactical switch.

Pictures on social media show Meireles, who sports a distinctive Mohawk hairstyle, raising the third finger on both hands to referee Milorad Mazic who had sent off Real Madrid defender Pepe.

But the the Portuguese football federation (FPF) defended the Fenerbahce player, claiming there was nothing vulgar about the gesture.

"He was passing on to teammate Bruno Alves the instructions being relayed by coach Paulo Bento," said a FPF statement.

Topics : Football FIFA World Cup 2014
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