JDT and Pahang players face-off during their FA Cup semi-final first-leg match on May 5, 2014. The match ended 1-1. – Bernama Photo
JOHOR BARU: Refereeing decisions may have cost Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) a place in the FA Cup final.
Johor FA president Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said referee Mohd Zohri Tajuddin may have robbed JDT of a berth in the final because of his decisions during the FA Cup semi-final first-leg match on Monday.
“The referee made several dodgy decisions against JDT which left not only myself but thousands of fans frustrated.
“However, he is human after all and people do make mistakes,” he said.
Tunku Ismail added that even if JDT had lost the game by a wide margin, he would be happy as long as the referee is fair.
In the match against Pahang on Monday night, Mohd Zohri turned away JDT’s calls for three penalties.
He also failed to spot a dangerous tackle by Pahang defender Damion Stewart on Mahali Jasuli at the end of the first half.
The Southern Tigers took the lead in the 21st minute when Argentine forward Luciano Figueroa slotted home a well-taken free-kick by Safiq Rahim.
However, 15 minutes later, Pahang drew level and scored an important away goal through Matias Conti.
JDT’s progress into the FA Cup final is now at risk as Pahang have scored one away goal, giving the East Coast team an advantage going into the return leg, which will be played at the Darul Makmur Stadium on May 30.