In today’s AFC 2011 match between Japan and Syria, the Iranian officiating crew was at the center of the controversies.
With Japan leading the match 1-0 in the second half, Iranian referee Mohsen Torki called a penalty for Syria and ejected the Japanese goalie while his Iranian linesman called the play offside. Syria tied the game 1-1. A few minutes later the Iranian referee called a penalty for Japan and the 10-man Japan scored and won the match 2-1.
Before the end of the match Mohsen Torki ejected a Syrian play.
At the end of the match, the Iranian officiating crew received major abuse from the Syrian team and their Romanian coach and had to be escorted off the field under the protection of the Qatari police. The Brotherly Love of the Syrians for the Iranians!