Hoang Anh Gia Lai will officially file a complaint to the Vietnam Football Federation blaming the referee’s decisions for the team’s 1-2 loss to SHB Da Nang at home on Sunday.
“We lost because of the referee's unfair calls,” said its coach Nguyen Quoc Tuan.
After the match ended, many local fans stayed at Pleiku Stadium to voice their anger against the referee, Phung Dinh Dung.
In the 72nd minute, Van Toan scored a goal for Hoang Anh Gia Lai. But Da Nang came from behind with a double by Merlo Sebastian Gaston in the 74th minute and then the extra time.
According to Tuan, the referee awarded Da Nang a free kick in the extra time even though it was the foul of a Da Nang’s striker.
He also unfairly granted Da Nang a corner kick after that, Tuan said.
Regarding his players’ performance, Tuan said he was pleased by their skills.
Hoang Anh Gia Lai were playing without Cong Phuong and Tuan Anh, who have left to play in Japan’s J-League 2. Another player, Xuan Truong, now plays for Incheon Club in South Korea.
Meanwhile, Da Nang’s coach Le Huynh Duc also complained about referee Dung after the match. He said Hoang Anh Gia Lai’s Van Toan was clearly offside when scoring the goal.
Following a win in the second round, Da Nang now ranks third, after Hai Phong and Thanh Hoa, all with six points.
They are one more round ahead of the reigning champion Becamex Binh Duong, whose next match against Quang Nam has been moved to May 18 due to a schedule conflict. Binh Duong also competes at the AFC Champions League.