More World Cup grief as Brazil coach Dunga calls journalist a ‘wimp’ and a ‘donkey’

World Cup dial remains firmly stuck on ‘rage’

Between the constant red cards, team boycotts and player expulsions, anger levels at this year’s World Cup are at a blood-vessel rupturing high. Brazil gaffer Dunga has decided to join in the fun by being caught swearing at a journalist during a post-match press conference.

The legendary midfield general and ersatz U-Boat captain apparently took offence to a TV reporter apparently shaking his head in disagreement while the coach sang the praises of handball-merchant Luis Fabiano after the North Korea game.

Despite the understandably terrified journo denying even looking in Dunga’s direction, the Brazilian was picked up by nearby mics muttering abuse under his breath, handily translated by Marca:

“Any problem? No? Then you are a donkey and a wimp”

Which was followed by a few choice swearwords and a face-to-face confrontation after the interview. All eyes are now on FIFA, after Diego Maradona was suspended for two months after his infamous ‘stick it up your arse’ rant in a press conference last October.

10 responses so far
  • Ninne // June 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    There’s more to this story than your article presents. The reporter was being rude by talking on his cell phone during the press conference. And he was talking (and shaking his head) in disapproval of Dunga’ decision to veto any “exclusive” interviews between the team and the journalists’ powerful employer Tv Globo. Globo TV is the largest network in Brazil and not used to being told a stern “no”. They are also very good at talking smack about Dunga, since 1990 at Italy’s World Cup.
    Dunga is the coach now and the campaign against him is rampant. He tries to focus on the job and not let the press have access to the squad whenever they want and say whatever they want to say. He also has the right to defend himself.
    I am on his side. Please do some more research about the topic, this report of your is too one-sided and the jorno was definitely NOT right.
    See the latest trending topic in twitter CALA A BOCA TADEU SCHMIDT.

  • Luiz // June 22, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Dunga is crazy. Period.
    The obscenities that he shout after the final whistle are the works of a mad man.
    Even Drogba was targeted.
    And his behavior at an official FIFA event, denotes a lack of any sense of reality.
    And it was not just “donkey” and “wimp”, waaaay worse!!
    I will not be surprised that after an early elimination, he had to be restraint.
    There is no “campaing” against him or hidden agendas.
    Just watch the videos of his demeanor at his workplace(sidelines and press conferences).
    And people who find what he did normal or even acceptable, are those who see nothing wrong in hidding money in underpants.

  • Marlon J. Lourenço // June 23, 2010 at 1:20 am

    On Twitter: “One day without Globo”

  • terry demonte // June 23, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Ninne, Maradona faces WAAAAAAAY worse in Argentina for the past 3 decades so what is your point?

    Maradona got suspended for his tirade, then this deserves the same.

    Problem is that Maradona’s suspension came after the qualifications and he missed meaningless exhibitions.
    Any punishement of Dunga would be much worse because of timing.

    But it is the same thing under the same kind of pressure.

  • A Freitas // June 23, 2010 at 6:42 am

    The journalist was talking on the fone during the press conference, complaining against Dunga for his bosses (Globo TV). Complaining because Dunga refused to give “exclusive access” for Globo to the players. That’s why he was angry. Dunga was right, no other coach did face Globo TV before. He is doing the best for the Brazilian national team to succeed in this world cup.

  • Alex // June 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Ninne said and I agree: “And he was talking (and shaking his head) in disapproval of Dunga’ decision to veto any “exclusive” interviews between the team and the journalists’ powerful employer Tv Globo. Globo TV is the largest network in Brazil and not used to being told a stern “no”. They are also very good at talking smack about Dunga, since 1990 at Italy’s World Cup.” – and that sums it all up. That’s it.

  • Luiz // June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    It doesn’t matter what the journalist was doing during the interview.
    One cannot talk sh*t like he was on a bar, or driving a cab.
    Mind you that he was at a press conference, the world was watching and listening.
    Everybody there was working, doing their jobs.
    Luckily for him, portuguese is not a household language around the world.
    If it was the american coach saying the same things in english, the fallout would be devastating.
    If you disagree with somebody’s acts towards you, the civilized thing to do is to call him to a face to face talk, off the record.
    I find it hard to believe that anyone backing him on this matter would do the same thing during a working meeting on their jobs.
    And if they do, they’ll be looking for a new one pretty soon…
    The problem here is that Globo Network was somehow involved.
    And as anyone can se by the replies supporting Dunga, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    And Globo has a lot of enemies…
    PS. Good point Terry.

  • Jack // June 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Who was watching that press-conference? The world? i wasn’t. And i speak Portugues. Rede Globo is a one sided monopolistic tyrant who at best is manipulative, and most of the time is a down right insult to journalism. Because they have such a strong influence in Brazil they can air whatever they like and tell you whatever they feel is the truth, and no will contest or complain because what else would they watch? If you want proof just watch Didi. Terrible! He’s been around for years, it’s certainly not funny anymore, and everyone knows it. But it doesn’t matter, because Didi is in, just like all other shows in Brazil e.g. Xuxa, Domingao com Faustao, or the mother of all t.v. relics, Silvio Santos. Horrible shows with no prospect of anything fresh. My point is, Globo has power, and they want to wield it in places they don’t have the right to. Think about it, if Phil Jackson of the LA Lakers were rude to some FOX News reporter because he thought he deserved to ride around on the team tour bus and interview the players whenever he felt like it and Phil cussed him out, it would be a funny side mark on espn 2 and forgotten about a few weeks later. But because it was Globo, they’re trying to make it into a national scandal. Ridiculous! Sure Dunga lacks a certain level of tact, but lets not forget that his nickname, “Dunga”, means dopey, and he was taking care of “the man” the only way he knows how. No matter how he went about it, it had to be done.

  • Luiz // June 26, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Dunga apologizes…
    So he was wrong, and everybody defending him for other reasons was too…
    The point here was not what Globo does, does not or did over the years, but what Dunga did.

  • Jack // June 27, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Well, what Globo did does not do exactly what you said doing what was done did. So did doing what globo did decide what dunga does or does not do well?… wait, yeah i’m confused too. Hitler never apologized. Does that make him right? Typical ad-hoc fallacy. Just because they threatened to take his job, and swearing isn’t the best way to tell Globo off doesn’t mean Globo was right to act like what he did was the biggest scandal in Brazilian football history. Once again, i have a friend that at the age of 13 saw Phil Jackson of the LA Lakers and asked him for an autograph. Phil asked my 13 year old friend if he had $100 and of course my friend said no, so Phil told him to F off! Not that 2 wrongs make a right, but Dunga’s seems like a pretty decent guy comparatively.

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