Myanmar to file complaint against female officials

The Burmese team lost 11-10 on penalties against Thailand following a 2-2 draw after extra time in the semi-final, but the coach claimed the referee influenced the result
Myanmar women’s national team coach is furious with the performance of the officials in their SEA Games semi-final exit against Thailand at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium last Wednesday afternoon.

Thailand won the game 11-10 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time, knocking the hosts out of the tournament in the most painful of circumstances.

But Myanmar coach Kumada Yoshinori was critical of the performance of the Indian official refereeing the match, Maria Robello, as well as her lineswomen.

Myanmar had a goal ruled for offside during the game and Robello also allowed a contentious goal by Thailand to stand, forcing the game to go to penalties and enraging the fans in the stadium.

Yoshinori said during the post-match conference that he would be filing a complaint with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after claiming that the referee’s poor decisions had greatly influenced the result.

“I will submit a complaint to AFC about this unqualified referee, together with the evidence and records,” the Japanese coach said.

“This will not change the result of the match, but I hope this will not happen again.”

After the match, some fans threw empty water bottles onto the field to vent their frustration regarding the refereeing decisions.

The incident comes just a few days after fans in Rangoon rioted in the streets after the men’s team were knocked out of the group stages after a 1-0 defeat to Indonesia, setting fire to a billboard and clashing with the riot police.