July 29, 2007 / 8:19 AM / 12 years ago

Four Asian Cup referees suspended

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Four match officials have been suspended for poor performances during the Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Sunday.

The AFC banned one referee for a month and suspended another referee and two assistants until further assessment, following a meeting of the referees appointment sub-committee.

Lebanese referee Najm Talaat was suspended for one month for his handling of the Group B match between Vietnam and United Arab Emirates.

Iranian referee Masoud Moradi and his assistant Sokhandan Reza, also of Iran, were suspended until further notice for their performances in Qatar v United Arab Emirates match.

Singaporean linesman Yew Mun Tang was also suspended pending further assessment after the Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan quarter-final.

The Asian Cup has been marred by several controversial refereeing decision but AFC President Mohamed Bin Hammam told a news conference he was pleased with the overall standard.

“In every competition there are human errors but in general with the refereeing in this tournament I am absolutely satisfied,” he said.

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