FIFA World Cup: Brazil team official 'hit Chile player'

Rio De Janerio: FIFA is investigating claims Brazil’s press chief Rodrigo Paiva hit Chilean player Mauricio Pinilla during the World Cup Last 16 game between the two countries, a spokeswoman said yesterday.

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Brazil's defender Marcelo (R) challenges Chile's forward Alexis Sanchez during the round of 16 football match between Brazil and Chile. Photo: AFP

The incident happened at half-time in Saturday’s match which Brazil won on penalties. Chile’s media spokesman Maria Jose said his Brazilian counterpart “hit” Pinilla.

Paiva told Brazilian media there was shoving by both sides as the two teams left the field.

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