PETALING JAYA – The referee was correct when disallowing the 89th minute goal by Ahmad Nordin Alias in the FA Cup semi-final match between Terengganu and Lions XII recently.
Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Referees Committee chairman Goh Ah Chai said the referee’s report and video analysis showed that Ahmad Nordin was offside as only Lions XII defender Nazrul Nazari was behind him.
“This is based on the football rules as stated on page 108. The rules do not say the goalkeeper must be the last defender. This means that any player can become the last and the second last player.
“The match referee, Amirul Izwan Yaacob disallowed the goal after consulting with the assistant referee, Azman Ismail before the match resumed,” he told reporters at Wisma FAM here, yesterday.
Meanwhile, FIFA referee instructor C. Ravichandran said the same situation occurred at the opening of 2010 World Cup when the referee disallowed Mexico’s goal against hosts South Africa.
Terengganu beat Lions XII 3-2 in Kuala Terengganu but still bowed out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 in the first semi-final in Singapore.
The referee’s decision to disallow Terengganu’s goal in the dying minute prompted some of the 15,000 home supporters to riot and set fire to an ambulance and other vehicles causing losses of about RM150,000.