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Japan FA lodge protest over disallowed goal against UAE in 2018 World Cup qualifier

TV replays showed Takuma Asano’s shot crossed the line in mid-air before being clawed away by goalkeeper Khalid Essa, but the goal was missed by Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim. The UAE won the match in Saitama 2-1.
Takuma Asano's shot is saved off the line by UAE goalkeeper Khalid Essa during a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Saitama Stadium 2002 on September 1, 2016. The Japanese Football Federation have lodged an appeal with the authorities, saying the ball had crossed the line and a goal should have been awarded. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP
Takuma Asano's shot is saved off the line by UAE goalkeeper Khalid Essa during a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Saitama Stadium 2002 on September 1, 2016. The Japanese Football Federation have lodged an appeal with the authorities, saying the ball had crossed the line and a goal should have been awarded. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP

TOKYO // Japan have lodged a formal protest over a controversially disallowed goal which consigned them to a 2-1 World Cup qualifying defeat to UAE, an official said on Friday.

TV replays showed Takuma Asano’s shot crossed the line in mid-air before being clawed away by goalkeeper Khalid Essa, but the goal was missed by Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al Jassim.

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It turned out to be pivotal for Japan, who were trailing 2-1 at the time and stood to escape with a draw rather than a damaging home defeat.

“We filed a protest ... immediately after the game, with a claim that the shot should have been judged as a goal,” Japan Football Association spokesman Futoshi Nagamatsu said.

The Asian Football Confederation confirmed it had received a complaint which was also sent to Fifa, which oversees World Cup qualifiers. There was no immediate comment from the global body.

Japan manager Vahid Halilhodzic was left fuming about the Qatari ref, calling him “unacceptable”, while Keisuke Honda wondered why there was no extra official watching the goal line.

“I was right at the side of the goal, so I know it was in,” the AC Milan forward told journalists after the game.

“I question why they did not have an [extra] referee for the final round of qualifying, in which the levels of competition are high,” he said.

Competitions organised by European body Uefa have extra referees watching the goal, and World Cups and European Championship also employ goalline technology.

Japanese internet-users slammed referee Al Jassim on social media, while some also praised the calm reaction of Asano.

Japan need to finish in the top two of the six-team Group B, which concludes next year, to seal an automatic spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Updated: September 2, 2016 04:00 AM

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