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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Bahrain coach blames referee for defeat

Reuters Report that Bahrain appeal to FIFA to have World Cup result annulled

Bahrain coach Luka Peruzovic bemoaned their bad fortune and the decisions of Colombian referee Oscar Julian Rujiz Acosta. Croatian Peruzovic was dejected in defeat, believing his team missed out on qualifying by the narrowest of margins.

'They pushed us but this is not the reason we lost or we are out,'' said the naturalised Belgian, who took over as Bahrain coach in August. 'We knew before the match it would be tough and only one detail can make a difference. But I knew it and I said before that in this kind of match little things make a difference.''

In particular, Peruzovic was aggrieved at a goal disallowed in added time when Bahrain striker Hussain Ali Ahmed flicked the ball away from goalkeeper Kelvin Jack as he threw it up to kick clear. The effort was disallowed, after Ahmed had stroked the ball into the net, for ungentlemanly conduct.

'I cannot remember ever seeing a goal like that being allowed in all my years in football,'' said the Trinidad keeper.

But Bahrain's coach added: ''If he didn't touch the goalkeeper - and I need to check on this when I see it again on television - I think I will ask my federation to protest to Fifa.''

Peruzovic also complained that the referee gave too many free kicks against his team during a rugged, tight and dramatic encounter.

'I am not a bad loser, but there were a lot of fouls against us,'' said the pony-tailed coach.

However, he also paid tribute to Trinidad.

'They were too strong for us and we just could not play against them tonight,'' he said.


Source: Electric New Paper


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