Germany‘s Bastian Schweinsteiger has called for the referee’s to be careful ahead his team’s 2014 FIFA World Cup semifinal clash with Brazil.
The host nation have come under scrutiny for their aggressive tactics, particularly in a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia where they committed 31 fouls.
Brazil appeared to target James Rodriguez in particular, with the talented attacker on the receiving end of some poor challenges.
Schweinsteiger, likely to be in the Germany XI that will tackle the five-time champions in Tuesday’s semi-final, has called on the officials to stamp it out.
He said: “I am all for a healthy hardness but some of Brazil’s fouls were over the limit.
“Brazilians are not only football magicians; hard tackling is part of their game – we have to be careful and so does the referee.”