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Sunday, 23 June, 2002, 03:33 GMT 04:33 UK
Ronaldinho wins reprieve
Ronaldinho cannot believe referee Felipe Ramos Rizo has shown him the red card
Ronaldinho shown a straight red card against England
Brazil forward Ronaldinho will be clear to play in the World Cup final should his side beat Turkey in the semi-final on Wednesday.

The Brazil star was given an automatic one-match ban after he was sent off in Friday's 2-1 quarter-final win over England.

Fifa's disciplinary committee could have extended the suspension to two games.

But it did not deem the tackle on England's Danny Mills to have been serious enough to warrant further punishment.

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Brazil striker Ronaldo

Ronaldinho's absence does not seem to be causing too much concern in the Brazil camp, especially with his fellow forward Ronaldo back to near his best.

"We were playing very well together," said Ronaldo. "But another player will come in and do what Ronaldinho was doing.

"It's been a good World Cup with a lot of surprises and great goals. I hope it finishes even better."

Ronaldinho, meanwhile, said he intended to score the goal which saw his side into the World Cup semi-finals on Friday.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker beat England goalkeeper David Seaman with a 42-yard free-kick to give Brazil a lead they never looked like giving up.

"Cafu had alerted me to the fact that their keeper was standing off his line," the 22-year-old said afterwards.

"As I was about to take the free-kick, I saw where he was and was able to beat him."

Seaman questioned the goalscorer's motives, however.

"I thought he mis-kicked the free-kick," he said afterwards.

"It was a freak goal that was a cross that ended up in the net," England captain David Beckham added.


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