Brazil's 1990 coach demands
By Brian Homewood
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 20 (Reuters)
- Former Brazil coach Sebastiao Lazaroni has demanded a FIFA investigation into allegations that full back Branco was offered contaminated water by Argentina during a second round tie in the 1990 World Cup.
Following the match Branco complained he felt dizzy and weak after drinking from a bottle offered by the Argentine players during an injury stoppage in the second half.
Argentina won 1-0 with a late Claudio Caniggia goal after Brazil had dominated from start to finish. They went on to reach the final where they lost 1-0 to West Germany.
One of the greatest World Cup mysteries resurfaced on Wednesday when Argentine magazine Veintitres published an interview with former Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo, who said: "I'm not saying it didn't happen."
Bilardo, famous for his gamesmanship, later said he knew nothing about any deliberate ploy to contaminate the water bottle.
"They've called me from Italy, Spain, England, Brazil ... it's a misunderstanding," said the man known as Big Nose (Narigon).
However, Lazaroni has still called for an investigation.
"If it's true, it's lamentable," Lazaroni told Reuters television in an interview.
"FIFA should investigate and, if it is confirmed, hand out exemplary punishment to those involved.
"It doesn't matter if it happened 14 days, 14 months or 14 years ago," added Lazaroni, who last year coached the Jamaican national team.
"Sport should be based on transparency and fair play and matches should be won by the team which has the best technical qualities," he added.