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Zico complains of unpaid salaries as Iraq coach


SAO PAULO (AP) -Iraq coach Zico says he is owed four months' pay by the team's football federation.

The former Brazil star says he is disappointed by the "lack of consideration" for his work.

He told the Brazilian sports daily Lance on Wednesday that the federation started delaying his payments last October.

Zico said the federation apparently hasn't been able to make the payments because of "a problem with FIFA." He said his assistants also haven't received their salaries regularly.

His comments came a day before Iraq's friendly against Brazil in Sweden.

Zico coached Japan at the 2006 World Cup, as well as Fenerbahce, CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos at club level.

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