Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell has been in hot water over remarks made to match referee Markus Merk during Australia’s 2-0 defeat to Brazil on Sunday evening in the World Cup.
Kewell appeared as a second-half substitute for the Socceroos, but despite improving the Ozzie’s performance, couldn’t help goals from Adriano and Fred settling the game in favour of the World Champions.
But Kewell got into trouble after the match for comments made to referee Merk regarding his awarding of free-kicks to Brazil. In total, the Brazilians were awarded 16 more free-kicks than Australia.
But Kewell will not face a ban from FIFA due to the ‘œinconsistent nature of Merk’s report’, according to the BBC.
After the game Kewell told reporters, “You’re frustrated, you’re losing the game, every referee puts up with it.
“I mean, it’s part and parcel of the game. He knows there’s no harm meant by it. He understands that, that’s the way it is.
“It was a hard match to referee and he did a good job.”