|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Ivory Coast's Sol Bamba has pleaded with FIFA to go easy on Kader Keita as calls grow for his role in the dismissal of Kaka during the 3-1 loss to Brazil to be investigated.
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Keita theatrically went to ground clutching his face in apparent agony after running into the shoulder of Kaka who, as a result, was shown a second yellow card by French referee Stephane Lannoy two minutes from time. Replays showed not only was any contact slight, but the impact was not close to Keita's face.
FIFA has made clear its determination to stamp out simulation, and while Kaka's dismissal will stand as yellow cards cannot be reviewed, Ivory Coast officials fear Keita could be made a scapegoat.
Bamba, who admitted he did not see the incident, said Brazil were as much to blame because of what he claimed was mickey-taking and time-wasting.
"It's typical of them to play like that when they are a couple of goals in front," he told the Daily Record. "When they're winning the game they want to take all the time to play the ball. They provoked it.
"They were being a wee bit disrespectful in the manner they saw out the game. The manager had told us when they keep the ball not to get angry or frustrated and to keep going but it's difficult to maintain your calm when you're out there.
"I hope FIFA will not take any action against him [Keita] because he's a good boy. We were all frustrated. He loves to show for the ball and loves it when people like him. Also when he's out on the pitch he always plays for the team."