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By Brian Homewood
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 7 (Reuters)(DS) - Palmeiras coach Luis
Felipe Scolari remained grimly silent on Wednesday, apparently
still sulking after a team talk in wich he insulted an opponent
and encouraged the use of violence by his players was broadcast
on national television.
Not even Tuesday's epic win over arch-rivals Corinthians,
which took title-holders Palmeirs to their second successive
Libertadores Cup final, could persuade "Big Phil" to face the
media.
Palmeiras won on penalites after a semifinal, which will be
remembered for years, ended 6-6 on aggregate. It was the second
year in a row Palmeiras had met and beaten their bitter Sao
Paulo rivals in South America's top club competition.
There is never any love lost between the teams but tension
had run even higher thanks to the notorious team talk Scolari
gave at Palmeiras's training ground last week, the day after his
side had lost the first leg 4-3.

FURIOUS OUTBURST
Scolari furiously berated his players for lack of effort and
insulted Corinthians striker Edilson who, he said, should be
given "a kicking" in the return leg.
The dressing-room window was left open and the outburst was
captured by reporters standing outside. A crew from Globo
television recorded Scolari's rantings, which were later
broadcast.
Feeling has been running high between the clubs ever since
last year, when the Paulista championship final between them was
abandoned as a massive brawl erupted among the players.
Corinthians were on their way to victory when Edilson, in an
act seen as provocation by his opponents, nonchalantly began
juggling with the ball in midfield and was attacked by half a
dozen Palmeiras players.
"I would never have Edilson in my team," said Scolari during
a television round table the same night.
"I would never want to be coached by Fellipao",retorted
Edilson, who phoned in to the programme to have his say.

MORE TROUBLE
There was more trouble in a Brazilian championship match
later last year when Corinthians captain Freddy Rincon was seen
spitting at a rival and later accused Scolari of ordering
Palmeiras players to break his leg.
Corinthians coach Oswaldo Oliviera backed the Colombian, now
with Santos, and Scolari, who denied the accusation, has refused
to talk to him ever since.
The bad feeling was evident during and after Tuesday's
match.
Although nobody was sent off, a scuffle broke out during the
penalty shoot-out as the provocations continued.
Reporters waiting for post-match quotes also said that
Palmeiras defender Argel went into the wrong dressing-room by
mistake and had to make a speedy exit to avoid being beaten up
by the Corinthians team.
Angry Corinthians fans caused damage inside the Morumbi
stadium and a police official blamed Palmeiras full-back Junior
for the trouble after the player made more provocative comments.
In particular, Junior gloated after his personal rival
Marcelinho Carioca, a player Palmeiras supporters love to hate,
missed the crucial penalty.
"I'm glad it was Marcelinho, he loves humiliating opponents
on the field," said Junior.


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