"--IANS/EFE"
Rio de Janeiro, July 2 (IANS/EFE) Brazil communications director Rodrigo Paiva, who was suspended for a match after allegedly punching Chilean player Mauricio Pinilla during the halftime break of the game between the two sides, has accused the Chilean delegation of reprehensible behaviour.

Paiva said in an official statement that FIFA Disciplinary Committee has available evidence of reprehensible conduct by members of the Chilean delegation, which would be brought to light by the true facts which took place at the break, reports EFE.

The Brazilian official stressed, however, that he has and will always respect the decisions of FIFA.

Pinilla had said in a statement Monday that the punishment imposed against Paiva, to be suspended for one match, is shameful, noting that the assault against him was more serious than the one committed by Uruguayan Luiz Suarez in his team's game against Italy, and led to his suspension for nine international matches and banning him from any football-related activity for four months, besides imposing the fine of 100,000 Swiss francs.

FIFA officials are still investigating the incident, and do not rule out the possibility of imposing further punishments.

The Round of 16 game between Brazil and Chile ended in a 1-1 draw, but the hosts won 3-2 on penalties.

--IANS/EFE

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