Malaysian referee suffers backlash from AFC Champions League tie

Two controversial penalty decisions awarded in the match between Al-Ain and Esteghlal has led to Amirul bin Yaacob being reported by club to AFC.

In Tuesday’s night AFC Champions League tie where United Arab Emirates’ Al-Ain FC hosted Iranian club Esteghlal FC, Malaysian referee Mohd Amirul bin Yaacob was the man in the middle and his decisions in the match left a bitter taste in the mouth for the away side.

Two particular decisions earned the wrath of the Iranian side as Amirul decided to award two penalties to Al-Ain that on replay looked to have been the wrong decision on both occasions.

Esteghlal who currently lead the group, have already taken the lead in the match through a brilliantly constructed goal converted by Mame Thiam in the 52nd minute. Markus Berg equalised for Al-Ain just 11 minutes later.

Then Amirul decided that Al-Ain’s Hussein El Shahat was upended inside the box and pointed to the penalty spot. Closer inspection of the incident would show that no contact was made on El Shahat but the decision stood anyway.

Luckily for Esteghlal, Berg found Seyed Hossein Hosseini to be a stumbling block as the Iranian keeper dived correctly to push away the Swedish striker’s effort.

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