Vietnam demands apology for 'referee mistake' in AFF Women’s Championship

By Trung Ninh, Thanh Nien News

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Vietnam players cry after losing to Thailand in the AFF Women's Championship final in Myanmar on Thursday. Photo: AFF Vietnam players cry after losing to Thailand in the AFF Women's Championship final in Myanmar on Thursday. Photo: AFF

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The Vietnam Football Federation will send a petition to the ASEAN Football Federation and request for actions, claiming its team lost the AFF Women’s Championship to Thailand due to a wrong call by the referee.
The AFF will have to review the organization of the event, especially referee assignments, said a VFF official who wants to remain unnamed.
In the AFF Women’s Championship final in Myanmar on Thursday, Myanmar referee Thein Thein Aye rejected a winning goal by Nguyen Thi Lieu in the penalties.
Lieu was successful with her shot and the ball crossed the line, the official said.
“We will request the AFF to review the referee’s mistake and have an official apology.
“The organizers should not have assigned the Myanmar referee because Vietnam had defeated Myanmar in a semi two days earlier. This referee made a serious mistake that affected the match’s result,” he said of the controversial decision.
Before the match, Coach Mai Duc Chung had requested AFF to replace the Myanmar referee.
“Nothing is more bitter than when our victory was stolen after our players had fought with everything they had,” he said.

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