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Malaysia Cup: Refereeing standards called into question again

23/11/2021 05:37 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 23 -- The quality of refereeing by local match officials has been called into question once again, this time involving the 2021 Malaysia Cup first leg semifinal match between Terengganu FC (TFC) and Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) yesterday.

Local football fans made their dissatisfaction against referee Tuan Mohd Yaasin Tuan Mohd Hanafiah’s performance during the match at Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin, Kuala Terengganu very clear, questioning the way he handled several fouls committed by players on both sides.

Even JDT owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim chimed in, supporting the fans’ criticisms with a tweet stating that the standard of refereeing was not good.

“Bad referee. Not just this match. The majority of matches every year. Sabah versus Terengganu, JDT against Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan versus Sarawak and others.

“Every year it’s the same thing. We need improvement and FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) needs to take action,” he said.

He also tweeted, “VAR (Video Assistant Referee) is a must.”

One of the fouls fans deemed Tuan Mohd Yaasin mishandled during the match was committed by JDT defender Shane Lowry, who rushed at Jordan Mintah before tugging his shirt and dragging the Ghanaian to the ground in the 71st minute.

The Australian’s actions caused tension on the pitch, but he escaped without being carded.

His compatriot Ignacio Insa Bohigues, better known as Natxo Insa, not only committed several fouls but also kicked the ball out of the pitch protesting the referee’s decision, but was only reprimanded by Tuan Mohd Yaasin.

TFC defender Muhammad Hairiey Hakim Mamat also managed to get off scot-free after fouling JDT substitute Muhammad Safawi Rasid. 

2018 Malaysia Cup finalists TFC and 2019 Malaysia Cup champions JDT are tied 1-1 after Bergson da Silva’s 50th minute equaliser cancelled the hosts’ lead, courtesy of an eighth minute goal by Mintah. The second leg semifinal match at Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Iskandar Puteri this Friday will decide who advances to this year’s finals.


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