RECIFE, Brazil (AP) — Greece coach Fernando Santos said he was the victim of a double-standard when a referee banished him to the stands in the late stages of his team's loss to Costa Rica in the World Cup.
Santos, who led Greece to its first appearance in the World Cup's second round, was ordered out of the dugout on Sunday night by Australian referee Ben Williams after extra time and had to watch a decisive penalty shootout on a TV in the bowels of Arena Pernambuco.
Afterward, Santos explained that his disagreement with Williams in fact began at the end of 90 minutes, when he and his staff walked toward players on the field in order to give them water and instructions for extra time.
"The referee said we couldn't go onto the pitch, that we and the substitutes have to be off," Santos said. "I pointed to the other side and said, 'They're all on the pitch.' The players, the technical staff, everyone of Costa Rica was on the pitch, and those of Greece couldn't cross the sideline.
"So I said, 'That's not right; that's a double-standard.'"
That initial dispute simmered down, but started up again after extra time.
"Exactly the same thing happened," Santos said. "Everyone of Costa Rica was on the pitch and when I was walking in, (Williams) said I couldn't go in. I said, 'Why? Am I different from them? Do I look different? Is it because I'm Portuguese?'
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