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German midfielder: Argentine players 'have no respect'

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has accused World Cup quarterfinals rival Argentina of showing no respect for opponents and referees, and urges his teammates not to be provoked. Germany eliminated Argentina on penalty kicks four years ago in the World Cup and there were chaotic scenes after the shootout, with both sides exchanging punches and kicks. Germany plays Argentina in a quarterfinal tomorrow.

"The shootout is still in our memory, but what really weighs heavily on our minds is what happened after that match," Schweinsteiger said. "We have to remain calm and not get provoked and I hope the referee will be very alert.

"You could see their behavior at halftime of the game against Mexico. When you look at their body language and gesticulations, they way they try to influence the referees, they have no respect. It's their mentality and character and we'll have to adjust."

But Schweinsteiger praised Argentina's team, saying the squad coached by Diego Maradona was better in "every sector" than the team Germany beat four years ago.

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