Sydney Morning Herald
In a post-match interview with reporters, Russian coach Fabio Capello blamed his team’s 1-1 draw with Algeria on a laser pointer fired at his goalkeeper during Thursday’s World Cup match.
“[Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev] was blinded by the laser beam. There are pictures, and you can see that in the footage,” he said. “About the lasers it is not an excuse. The goalkeeper was unable to do his job. The laser beam was in his face.”
Video footage clearly shows Akinfeev being hit by a green laser moments before Algeria launched its corner kick and then scored its only goal of the game in the sixtieth minute.
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