Sunday, July 14, 2024
HomeNewsInternational NewsIndia vs Qatar: AIFF seeks probe into controversial goal in World Cup...

India vs Qatar: AIFF seeks probe into controversial goal in World Cup qualifiers

Qatar player Yusuf Aymen celebrates scoring his first goal against India in the AFC Asian Qualifiers in Doha on June 11, 2024

Qatar player Yusuf Aymen celebrates scoring his first goal against India in the AFC Asian Qualifiers in Doha on June 11, 2024 | Image source: Reuters

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has lodged a complaint with the tournament commissioner seeking an investigation into Qatar’s controversial goal in a crucial match. World Cup qualifying games In Doha.

Sources at the AIFF said they had asked for a “thorough investigation into the goal”, which was allowed by South Korean referee Kim Woo-sung despite the ball clearly going out of bounds during India’s must-win loss to Jassim 1-2. Ben Hamad Stadium is requested on Tuesday.

The goal sparked widespread outrage as it denied India a chance to reach the third round of qualifying for the 2026 FIFA World Cup for the first time.

“We have lodged a complaint with the match commissioner and are seeking a thorough investigation into the entire incident,” an AIFF official said.

Iranian player Hamid Momeni serves as the match commissioner for this game. The role requires designated officials to oversee the organization of the match and ensure compliance with FIFA regulations during the match.

In the 73rd minute, Abdullah Alarak took a free kick and Yusuf Aim tried to header the ball, but it was saved by India captain and goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu.

But as the goalkeeper lay on the ground and watched the ball roll across the goal line, Hashmi Hussain kicked the ball into the goal and Aiman ​​fired it into the net.

As the ball clearly rolled out of bounds, in this case play should be stopped and restarted via a corner kick as Sandhu was the last player to touch the ball before it went out of bounds.

But to the dismay of the Indian players, the referee awarded Khadda a goal and despite strong protests from the visitors, the on-field officials upheld his decision.

According to the rules, “If the ball completely crosses the goal line or sideline on the ground or in the air, it is invalid.”

India head coach Igor Stimac later expressed his frustration, saying the “irregular” goal killed his team’s dreams.

Sandhu called it an “unfortunate outcome” that showed “no one is going to give us anything, we have to accept it!”

RELATED ARTICLES

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Most Popular

Recent Comments