The red card against defender Alinur Rashimy Jufri in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup game against Indonesia on Monday “destroyed” the game, said national team head coach Mario Rivera in the post-match conference.
Brunei Darussalam was beaten by Indonesian 7-0 on Monday.
The Wasps were already two goals behind when the referee issued a red card in the 38th minute, leaving the national team with 10 men against a tough Indonesian side.
In a post-match statement Rivera said the Brunei performance before the red card incident was “amazing’ as the players upheld the game plan.
“But after that the referee destroyed the game. For us this was unbelievable. I can’t put it in words. For the first half, the players were playing with good motivation but then the game got destroyed.”
However, the head coach said “the main positive thing was that the team was playing well in every game. We improved much from the first match although we couldn’t attack much.
There were few things that we did better and today for me, we played a nice game.
“Even with 10 players we created chances against Indonesia”.
The Brunei coach accused the referee of favoring the Indonesian team because… ‘compatriots with coach Shin Tae Yong’ – Photo: PSSI
According to Mr. Mario Rivera, during the above match, referee Kim Hee Gon and Korean line referee Kang Dong Ho acted in favor of the Indonesian team.
Even the referees repeatedly urged the Brunei goalkeeper to put the ball into play faster in the first half, and then “laughed” with Korean coach Shin Tae Yong as close friends.
In an interview with CNN Indonesia, coach Mario Rivera said: “In the first half kicks, the referee asked the keeper to increase the speed of the shot, something must have gone wrong…
And in the 5th minute, the line referee laughed at the Indonesian coach Shin Tae Yong, as both are from Korea. It’s unbelievable, they don’t respect football, they don’t respect the players.
Since they’re both Korean, they can talk to each other, but they shouldn’t laugh at each other. Maybe then they’ll meet at a Korean restaurant and be treated by coach Shin Tae Yong. To me, this is unbelievable.”
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