Mexico coach Miguel Herrera claims that Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca should be sent packing from Brazil along with his team after two late goals -- including one questionable penalty decision—from the Dutch ended Mexico’s World Cup quest at the round of 16 stage for the sixth consecutive tournament.
''The boys are very sad. It was really very painful to
go out this way,'' Herrera said after the game. ''We were eliminated because of an invented penalty. We are going home now and so should the referee."
Meanwhile, Dutch forward Arjen Robben, who controversially won the penalty in the 93rd minute that turned out to be the game winner, admitted that he dived several times during the game -- but he maintains he was fouled on the decisive penalty.
In an interview with Dutch TV channel NOS, the Bayern Munich winger said: "The one at the end was a penalty, I was fouled. At the same time, I have to apologize as in the first half I took a dive and I really shouldn't do that.” He added: “That was a stupid, stupid thing to do but sometimes you're expecting to be struck and then they pull their leg away at the last minute."