The Saudi Arabia football federation chief, Adel Ezzat has listed three players who will be punished when they return home from the World Cup after their disastrous opening-day defeat to the host nation, Russia. His tactics might have been familiar, Cherchesov said, but the performance was tighter, more disciplined and more mature than his side had shown before.
The problem is, BeIN Sports has been unable to shut down the BeoutQ signal, and the pirate network has continued to operate during the World Cup, which started on Thursday with the Russia-Saudi Arabia opener.
He conceded questions about his future after the heavy defeat were justified.
It came at Luzhniki Stadium - the crucible of both Russian and Soviet sport - with the weight of an expectant but sceptical nation on their shoulders."The head of state called me and congratulated me", Russia's moustachioed manager said matter-of-factly after the match.
When a team loses the ball, players must be able to track back into defensive positions and apply pressure to the opponents to try and win back possession.
Okay, granted, Saudi Arabia did not offer much as an attacking force, but due credit must go to the Russians.
FFT would normally chuckle at such an overreaction - but then we remember watching that defensive display all over again.
Two hours ahead of the opening match at the World Cup tent built here in Jeddah on King Road on 20,000 square meters, around 600 fans filled the huge tent and began cheering and applauding their Saudi team as the game got under way. "This is the reality that we must accept, these are their abilities and capabilities", al-Sheikh said on his Twitter account. And of course today's game is not an accurate gauge.
Just a week ago, Saudi Arabia lost by a respectable 2-1 scoreline to Germany in their final warm-up game in Leverkusen.