London, July 1 (ANI): German soccer star, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has cranked up the tension ahead of Germany's quarter-final against Argentina with a blistering attack on Diego Maradona and his players.
According to The Sun, the midfield star blasted the Argy stars for having 'no respect' and accused their fans of spoiling the tournament.
"The Argentinians provoke and are always whingeing to the referee to try and change his opinion, we shouldn't let ourselves be affected by their provocations," Schweinsteiger said.
"It starts before the match, you see their body language, how they gesticulate, how they try to influence the referee, that is not part of the game," he added.
He also slammed Argentina's fans for allegedly taking other spectators' seats in order to stick together.
"They sit together, in spite of the fact those are not their proper seats, and stop other spectators with the correct tickets from enjoying the game," the paper quoted him, as saying.
The two sides, amongst the favourites for the World Cup title in South Africa, have a history together in major competitions, and their most recent meeting four years ago, was marred by ugly scenes towards the end.
"What the Argentines did is deeply ingrained in my mind. The fight after we beat them in 2006 has stayed in our memory more than our victory," he declared. (ANI)