Fuming Edin Dzeko Slams Referee for Bosnia's Loss to Nigeria

Bosnia and Herzegovina lost 0-1 to Nigeria and striker Edin Dzeko feels New Zealand referee Peter O'Leary and his line judge were disallowing a goal for offside.

updated: June 22, 2014 16:06 IST
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Referee Peter O Leary from New Zealand gestures during Bosnia and Herzegovina's match against Nigeria.

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Cuiaba: Bosnia-Herzegovina were sent packing from the World Cup on Saturday, and striker Edin Dzeko laid the blame for their first round exit on the "shameful" referee in charge of the 1-0 loss to Nigeria in Cuiaba.

The Group F fixture was played out in stamina-sapping tropical conditions but Dzeko's blood was boiling not from the clammy 30 degree temperature, but because of his first half goal disallowed for offside.

Replays showed that New Zealand referee Peter O'Leary and his line judge had got this decision wrong, with the Manchester City star clearly onside.

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