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Football: Refereeing controversy mars Lions' 3-1 Asian Cup qualifier defeat by Jordan

Published on Feb 4, 2014 9:34 PM
 
Jordanian forward Thaer Bawab (right) and Singapore defender Shakir Hamzah fight for the ball during their Asian Cup qualifier in Singapore, on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014. Singapore suffered their fourth defeat in five Asian Cup qualifiers when they lost 1-3 to Jordan at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE suffered their fourth defeat in five Asian Cup qualifiers when they lost 1-3 to Jordan at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday night.

The visitors took the lead in the 43rd minute when striker Thaer Bawab curled a free kick into the top corner but the Lions were furious that midfielder Hafiz Abu Sujad, who rushed forward in an attempt to block the shot, was tripped by captain Ahmad Hayel.

The Singapore players protested but Chinese referee Tan Hai allowed the goal to stand.

That only incensed the hosts even further and before the Lions' anger had died down, centre-back Baihakki Khaizan was sent-off for nudging midfielder Mus'ab Allahham in an off-the-ball incident on the stroke of half-time.

 
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