Malaysian coach blames ref for the heavy defeat


PETALING JAYA: National coach Bertalan Bicskei has hit out at referee Lutfullin Nail of Uzbekistan for his poor handling of the crucial final group game of the World Cup qualifiers, which he claimed resulted in his boys' crushing 1-6 defeat by Kuwait at the Stadium of Peace and Friendship in Kuwait City on Wednesday. 

The Hungarian said FIFA had called for fairplay in the Asian Group Four matches between the China-Hong Kong and Kuwait-Malaysia matches, which were played simultaneously to avoid any match fixing. 

But Bicksei felt someone had forgotten to tell the referee. He said his boys were short-changed by the poor handling of Lutfullin. 

”My opinion is that that FIFA did its part to inform the Football Federations of Malaysia and Hong Kong of Fairplay but they forgot to remind the referee,'' said Bicskei, who was surprised by several decisions. 

Bicskei said his makeshift side, comprising only two regulars collapsed after goalscorer Mohamed Amri Yahyah was sent off in the 46th minute and rookie defender Nor Fazli Alias conceded a penalty 10 minutes later. The Malaysian defence caved in after that. 

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