Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saudi in charge
At the team manager's meeting yesterday, I asked for the match officials details for tonight's AFC President's Cup Final. The referee's director refused to provide it and said it would follow later by email. Presumably, they hadn't decided at that time who would be in the middle for the cup final. I was hoping for the South Korean referee, Kim Jong Hyeok, who was spot-on in his officiating for our match against Neftchi. However, the AFC later told us that the referee would be Alawaji Marai Mohammed from Saudi Arabia, with Saudi and Bahrain linesmen. Crown haven't had them during this tournament, though they were in charge when Taipower beat FC Istiklol earlier in the competition. That was the game that was totally ruined by the waterlogged pitch.