TITE has hit back at Roy Keane after the pundit labelled Brazil’s dancing celebrations as ‘disrespectful’.
Keane took issue with the celebrations from the Brazilian squad during their 4-1 trashing of South Korea.
The Brazilians have at times been nicknamed ‘The Samba Boys’ for their flamboyant dancing.
The former Manchester United man compared the celebrations to ‘watching Strictly’ as the players and staff displayed their samba-style dancing, including manager Tite.
Keane said: “It’s like watching Strictly. I can’t believe what I’m watching.
“I don’t like this. I think it’s disrespecting the opposition. It’s four [goals] and they’re doing it every time.
“I don’t mind the first kind of little jig – whatever they’re doing – but they’re still doing it after that and then the manager getting involved with it.
“I’m not happy with it, I don’t think it’s very good at all.”
Tite has quickly jumped to defend himself and his team following the criticism.
The 61-year-old coach said: “If I’m asked to dance, I’ll dance. It’s not my team. It is the Brazilian national team, for which I have the responsibility of being a coach.
“I’m sorry and I won’t talk about those who don’t know the history and culture of Brazil.”
He is not the first to hit back after they came under criticism either, with Brazil and West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta also making his opinion on the matter heard.
He said: “The dance is a representation of our joy after scoring a goal.
“We don’t do it to disrespect anyone, we don’t do it in front of our opponents.
“We all get together to celebrate. If they don’t like it, there’s not much to say.”
The 25-year-old also ensured it wasn’t the end of their celebrations too.
He added: “We’ll keep scoring goals and keep dancing. This is a group that is happy to score, to get the victory and the goals.”
Brazil take on Croatia in the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they look to push one step further in the competition.