"Rafael knows he made a mistake that led to the first Mexican goal in the Olympic football final in the London 2012 Games," read the Brazil Football Confederation's website.
"There's no denying it. Nevertheless, with his skill and determination, the young No.2 can't be tainted by the error. Mistakes are for correcting. Rafael knows that.
"Later, when things have calmed down, he will surely look at the move and learn from it. At the end of the day, as the saying goes, to err is human and we learn from our mistakes."
Brazil settled for silver, while South Korea claimed the bronze.