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Scolari hits back at Bayern over call-ups

Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has hit back at Bayern Munich in the row over Dante and Luiz Gustavo's enforced absence from the German Cup Final last weekend.

The pair received international call-ups for the Confederations Cup - which begins on June 15 - and last Sunday's friendly against England in Rio de Janeiro to inaugurate the newly rebuilt Maracana stadium.

The Brazilian federation's insistence that the duo joined up with the squad 14 days before the start of the tournament - as stipulated in FIFA regulations - angered Bayern as they prepared for the match which saw them complete the Treble by beating Stuttgart 3-2 in Berlin.

Midfielder Luiz Gustavo played the first half in the 2-2 draw against England, but Dante did not make it off the bench.

After the England game Scolari blamed Bayern and explained that a lack of communication was one of the reasons behind the call-ups.

"We wrote to Bayern 15 days, ten days and five days ahead," he said. "No reply. If they had answered us with 15 days lead time, we would have been ready to negotiate. But they spoke out only two days before. And then you can of course forget about it."

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had said in the run-up to the final that Brazil had put a "psycho terror" on their players, something Scolari strenuously denied.

"Which pressure did we put on?" he asked. "We only followed the statutes."


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