A official of FIFA, soccer’s world governing...
A official of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, said in a published interview that Chile had no reason to walk off the field in its World Cup qualifying game with Brazil on Sunday and rejected Chile’s claims that a signal flare hit goalie Roberto Rojas.
Augustin Dominguez of Spain, one of two FIFA representatives at the game, denied the Chilean team faced a security risk. He said he and FIFA observer Eduardo Rocca Couture of Uruguay offered personal guarantees of safety, but Chile rejected them.
Chile was losing, 1-0, after 69 minutes when a fan set off a green signal flare that fell near Rojas. The visitors left the field, claiming the flare had struck and injured Rojas.