SOCHI • Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has apologised after television cameras caught him using an expletive during Wednesday's ill-tempered Confederations Cup match against New Zealand.
Osorio said he was incensed during the first half when Mexico defender Carlos Salcedo was left injured after a clash with rival forward Chris Wood in the New Zealand area and their opponents failed to kick the ball out of play.
New Zealand played on, went down the other end and nearly scored, with the Mexicans urging their opponents to stop the game.
The match ended 2-1 in favour of Mexico, taking them to the top of Group A on goals scored.
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Wood's shock first-half goal for New Zealand was cancelled out by Raul Jimenez before Oribe Peralta notched a 72nd-minute winner.
"I want to apologise to all the television viewers, I obviously went over the top when I got involved with their assistant coach," Osorio told Mexican media.
"The situation in which Carlos Salcedo was left on the ground gave them a goal-scoring chance.
"Our players and myself were shouting at them and the New Zealand coach to stop the match."
World football governing body Fifa, however, has tried to stop the practice of teams kicking the ball out of play to allow treatment to injured opponents after it became routinely abused by players feigning injury to waste time or break up play.
Teams are now encouraged to play on until the referee stops the game.
But the guidelines have proved difficult to enforce in some countries, particularly Spain and Italy. Teams there continue to demand that opponents kick the ball out if one of their players is injured - whether it is genuine or not.
New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson played down the incident.
"I thought it was bizarre really, it was like we had elbowed the player the way it was going on," he said.
"We didn't see it at the time, but that is what the video assistant referee is there for and we trust in that situation, the video was used.
"I didn't get involved too much, I was just waiting for the decision of the video assistant."
Wednesday's match was marred by a number of ugly incidents including a brawl near the end of the match as New Zealand pressed for an equaliser.
REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE