PETALING JAYA: A dubious goal has left UiTM coach Frand Bernhardt fuming.
The basement club drew 1-1 against Kuala Lumpur in the Super League clash on Saturday but it was the goal scored by the visitors’ Shukor Adan that irked Bernhardt.
The university boys had taken the lead through their new South Korean playmaker Kwon Yong-hyun, who made an immediate impact by scoring in the 84th minute from a penalty rebound and looked good to close in on their first three points of the season.
But in the dying minutes of the game, the veteran centreback seemed to have used his hand to tap the ball into UiTM’s goal off a Paulo Josue corner.
The incident was akin to Diego Maradona’s “hand of God” goal against England during the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
UiTM protested but match referee Shahrizan Solihim stood with his call to award the goal.
Bernhardt did not hide his frustration and felt his side showed great fight only to be undone by that dubious goal.
“This game has nothing to do with luck and it was just unfair.
“The player jumped and used his hand. We have pictures and videos of it, ” fumed Bernhardt.
“I am totally frustrated because they took away two points from us which were important in our battle against relegation.
“I’ve never seen this happen. In Europe, I’ve never encountered such a situation.
“How the referee cannot see this or didn’t want to see it is beyond me.
“It is unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur coach Bojan Hodak said the draw was a fair result.
“We had four difficult games before this, so we were psychically and emotionally a little empty and needed to wake the players up.
“Many expected us to win because UiTM are bottom, ” said the Croatian.
“It wasn’t a quality game because both teams had tight fixtures and the pitch was bad because there was a game on Friday before our match.
“I know how it feels to concede a last-minute goal, but I believe it was a fair result.”
When asked about the alleged hand ball, Hodak said: “This I do not know, I don’t want to comment.
“Maybe you should check the penalty they got. It was an interesting decision too.”
With the draw, Kuala Lumpur are sixth in the standings with 19 points while UiTM remained rooted at the bottom with two points.