Edin Dzeko blames "shameful" referee for Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup exit

Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko criticises the performance of referee Peter O'Leary, claiming that he is the reason why his side lost the game against Nigeria.

Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko has blasted referee Peter O'Leary, describing his performance as "shameful" after the 1-0 defeat to Nigeria.

Dzeko complained about having a goal wrongly ruled out for offside, as well as a foul on Emir Spahic prior to Peter Odemwingie's decisive strike that sent Bosnia-Herzegovina home.

Speaking after the game, Dzeko struggled to hide his disappointment and called for the referee to be sent home, claiming that he was the reason why his side lost.

"We are going home, we are sad because of that but the referee should go home too, because he changed the result, he changed the game, and that's why we lost," Dzeko told reporters. "We tried to come back after the goal where there was obviously a foul on our captain and before when I scored a goal it was not offside.

"We fight until the end, but we didn't have our luck today. In the first game we did everything, and Argentina beat us, but today we should have won this game.

"Nigeria played good as well, but the referee was shameful for this competition."

Bosnia-Herzegovina face Iran in their last game of the tournament.

Peter Odemwingie of Nigeria celebrates scoring his team's first goal with teammate Emmanuel Emenike during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group F match between Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina at Arena Pantanal on June 21, 2014
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