By: Amjad Baker
Jordan Football Association (JFA) charged Wednesday that the referee at the match between Jordan and Qatar was biased in favor of the Gulf country. However, the association denied a report that it has filed a complaint at Asia Football Confederation (AFC) protesting the referee's performance.
The encounter, which took place last Saturday within the Asian Cup quarterfinals in Qatar, ended with a 2-2 draw, a result enough to block Jordan's ambitions to reach the competition's semifinals.
Secretary of JFA, Fadi Zreikat, claimed "the Chinese referee Lu Jun complemented the match for Qatar team at the expense of Jordan."
Zraikat commented on the technical mistakes fouled by the referee himself against his nation team saying "the referee provoked our players; not offering them the needed protection neither from the Qatari players nor from their spectators who gave Hassouneh Shaikh a cut in the head with a can. Meanwhile Jun pulled Abdullah Abu Zime' from his neck which is something unprecedented and totally prohibited."
Describing as inaccurate, the secretary denied reports claiming Jordan has officially protested the match at AFC. He said such a protest should be within the first two hours after the match ends.
"However, we contacted the federation. We sent a video tape with comments on the technical mistakes made by the referee, which is customary in these cases."
Expressing his optimism at Jordan's national team's performance, the official said "So far so good, we are the 8th and 9th Pan Arab Games' gold medallists." He also referred to a recent report by FIFA's World Ranking classifying Jordan up into the 104th place. Previously, Jordan was ranked 112th.
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