Schweinsteiger warns Argentina
Bastian Schweinsteiger has accused Argentina of a lack of respect ahead of Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.
Last Updated: 30/06/10 3:48pm
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accused Argentina of a lack of respect ahead of Saturday's crunch World Cup quarter-final.
The two sides clashed at the same stage of the tournament four years ago, with Germany winning on penalties to progress into the last four.
But that match ended on a sour note when players and officials from both sides clashed on the pitch, with punches thrown between the rival camps.
This time around, Schweinsteiger, a member of the squad from four years ago, does not want the Germans to be provoked.
"It starts before the match," said the Bayern Munich ace.
"If you see how they gesticulate, how they try to influence the referee. That is not part of the game. That is a lack of respect. They just are like that."
Argentina's last 16 game against Mexico last time saw a heated exchange between the two benches at half-time after Italian referee Roberto Rosetti let Carlos Tevez's first goal stand despite being clearly offside, with Diego Maradona's side eventually winning 3-1 to advance.
Schweinsteiger said: "We should not be provoked by them.
"I hope the referee will pick up the feeling of who is provoking whom. We saw that again in their match against Mexico at halftime.
"This behaviour shows their character and mentality."