Women’s Footbal chief Lâm to complain about Myanmar referee to AFF

Update: August, 05/2016 - 17:25
Nguyễn Thị Liễu shoots the ball passing the lime line to the goal of the Thai team. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Dương Vũ Lâm wants to complain to the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) about the Myanmar referee who supervised the AFF Women’s Football Championship final on August 4.

This follows the referee’s decision not to recognise a goal scored by Việt Nam in the match with Thailand.

Lâm is Việt Nam women’s football team’s chief of mission at the tournament.

Thailand beat Việt Nam 7-6 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regular time and extra-time.

In the penalty shootout, Nguyễn Thị Liễu shot the ball passing the lime line to the goal of the Thai team, but referee Thein Thein Aye didn’t acknowledge her goal.

After the match, Lâm and the Việt Nam training board spoke to the referee and the AFF representatives, but the match result was not changed.

“Liễu’s goal was legal. We will send the match video to the Việt Nam Football Federation (VFF) and then send our petition to the AFF,” Lâm said.

“The referee didn’t acknowledge Liễu’s goal when the ball passed the lime line. The Việt Nam team were very persistent, however, later we agreed to continue playing. It meant that we accepted the referee’s decisions and we couldn’t change the result,” Lê Hoài Anh, general secretary of the VFF, said.

“Every sport has a rule of play. We must respect that rule. The VFF will not lodge a complaint about the referee’s management,” Anh said. — VNS