Schweinsteiger expecting heated clash

01 July 2010 11:20

Bastian Schweinsteiger wants to see a strong referee take charge of Germany's quarter-final encounter against Argentina on Saturday.

The two sides, amongst the favourites for the World Cup title in South Africa, have a history together in major competitions and their most recent meeting four years ago was marred by ugly scenes towards the end.

"The first thing is that we must not allow ourselves to be provoked in any way," the Bayern Munich star said. "And I do hope the referee will nip in the bud any such efforts on the part of Argentina. We just mustn't be lured into responding in kind."

Schweinsteiger pointed towards the Albicelestes' win over Mexico in the last round as an example of how they can be a nuisance to the referee.

There was a heated exchange on the sidelines at half-time after Italian referee Roberto Rosetti let Carlos Tevez's first goal stand despite being clearly offside.

Schweinsteiger continued: "If you saw Argentina versus Mexico, in the half-time break the referee was really hard hit.

"We have already seen how the Argentine fans sit together in spite of the fact that those are not their proper seats, and they stop other spectators with the correct tickets to go elsewhere.

"I think that shows that Argentina are very self-confident asserting their own rights and even non-existing rights."

Source: PA