AIFF Demands Investigation into Controversial Goal Against Qatar

Calls for Justice After World Cup Qualifying Defeat

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has called for an investigation into a controversial goal awarded to Qatar during their crucial World Cup qualifying match in Doha. AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey announced on Wednesday that the federation is urging the relevant authorities to address what they consider an injustice.

In the match held at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, India lost 2-1 to Qatar. A key moment came when South Korean referee Kim Woo-Sung allowed a goal despite the ball appearing to go out of play. Chaubey emphasized that while victory and defeat are part of the game, this particular goal raised serious questions.

“The goal has sparked widespread outrage as it deprived us of our first-ever chance to enter the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers,” Chaubey stated. “We have written to FIFA’s Head of Qualifiers, the AFC Head of Referees, and the match commissioner regarding this grave error.”

The AIFF is calling for a thorough investigation and exploring possibilities for sporting compensation. They trust that FIFA and AFC will take necessary steps to address the issue.

During the 73rd minute of the match, a free-kick by Abdullah Alahrak led to a header attempt by Yousef Ayem, which was saved by Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. As Sandhu lay on the ground, Hashmi Hussein kicked the ball back into play, and Aymen scored. However, replays showed the ball had clearly gone out of play, which should have resulted in a corner kick instead of a goal.

Despite protests from the Indian team, the referee upheld his decision to award the goal to Qatar. The match commissioner, Iran’s Hamed Momeni, who oversees adherence to FIFA regulations, will likely be involved in the investigation.

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The AIFF hopes that FIFA and AFC will address this issue fairly and ensure that such incidents do not tarnish the integrity of the game.

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