Australia believes it is being persecuted by World Cup referees in the wake of a public smear campaign leading into the tournament.
The bitterness is likely to ferment after Harry Kewell was yesterday cited for professional misconduct after delivering a verbal tirade at German referee Markus Merk at the end of the 2-0 loss to Brazil.
After a tight call went against goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in the opening game against Japan, the coaching staff and the players felt Merk all but whistled the Socceroos out of yesterday's match against the world champion.
Brazil received four times as many free kicks as the Socceroos, while there were claims both Brazilian goals should have been ruled out for offside.
Coach Guus Hiddink conceded he had to do "a bit of cooling off" after the match, and was unhappy with the refereeing of Merk, whom he believed had favoured Brazil with some contentious decisions.
Oh well. Such is the game (and life for that matter). Still, if the Croatians beat us, heads will roll.