Scolari is in trouble

NYON - European football federation Uefa began an investigation yesterday into an incident involving Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after a Euro 2008 qualifying match.

NYON - European football federation Uefa began an investigation yesterday into an incident involving Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari after a Euro 2008 qualifying match.

Uefa said the investigation will focus on the incident involving Scolari and the Serbia player Ivica Dragutinovic after Wednesday's game in Lisbon. Portugal were held 1-1 in the Group A match after a late equalizer from Branislav Ivanovic cancelled out Portugal's 11th-minute goal by by Simao.

Portuguese sports daily A Bola published a front page photo of Scolari apparently throwing a punch at Dragutinovic. But the Brazilian coach denied an assault.

"I was defending [Ricardo] Quaresma. He [Dragutinovic] appeared in front of me but I did not touch him," Scolari was reported saying. "He [Dragutinovic] was going to hit Quaresma and I defended him. If he says that I touched him he's lying.

"All this happened when Quaresma was going towards the referee and the Serbian player blocked his way. If I have to answer to Uefa I will."

The result leaves Portugal third in the group, four points behind leaders Poland, with Serbia a point further back in fourth. - Sapa-DPA

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