Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Indonesia wants to complain about referee of SEA Games final

The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) must look at its own flaws during the SEA Games before even deciding to report Minoru Tojo, the referee in the SEA Games final between Indonesia and Malaysia, to the world governing body FIFA.

Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Deputy President Tan Sri Annuar Musa said PSSI’s decision (to report Minoru to FIFA) was a desperate attempt because they (PSSI) cannot accept the defeat toMalaysia.

“The entrance of the players to the field lacked security, the bus that brought the players was obstructed for about an hour and I was in the bus. The fans jeered the Malaysian players throughout and PSSI did nothing.

“The association did not take any preventive measures to ease the tense situation and even if there was it was not enough,” he told reporters after attending a Youth Programme in Kelantan here on Saturday.

Indonesian daily Jakarta Post had quoted PSSI President Djohar Ariffin as saying that PSSI would lodge an official complaint with FIFA about the quality of refereeing by Japanese referee Tojo during the SEA Games football final at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium inJakarta.

“There was something wrong with the leadership of the referee yesterday. We will immediately report him to FIFA,” PSSI chief Djohar Arifin said on Tuesday night as quoted by kompas.com.
He cited as an example how the referee disallowed two goals byIndonesia.

“The call for the first disallowed goal was fine, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with second disallowed goal,” he had said.

He had also said that the referee had ignored several cases of Malaysian players handling the ball in their own penalty area.

According to Djohar, even though the report to FIFA would not change the result of the game, he said that it would serve as a warning for referees whose performance put teams at a disadvantage.

Malaysia won the final 4-3 in the penalty shootout after the two teams were tied 1-1 until extra time.

Annuar said it was not the first time that security was ‘unsatisfactory’ when Malaysia played Indonesiain their own stadium because during the AFF Suzuki Cup final, players and officials had also faced similar treatment.

“When the Indonesian team was in Malaysiafor the first leg final of the AFF Suzuki Cup, we gave them every assistance to ensure their safety. FAM too can lodge a report to FIFA, but we will not retort to such action because it will only prolong the matter,” he said

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