04 Sep '11, 12am

'The referee was like China's father': Chinese media slam referee, team & pitch after the Lions' 1-2 loss to China

'The referee was like China's father': Chinese media slam referee, team & pitch after the Lions' 1-2 loss to China

Sina.com called Qu Bo and Co's performance ordinary. -- PHOTO: XINHUA By Lee Min Kok Kunming - It was not just the Lions who believe that their 1-2 loss to China was tainted by dubious refereeing and an even poorer pitch. Chinese media on Saturday were similarly critical, despite seeing new coach Jose Antonio Camacho get their 2014 World Cup qualifying third-round campaign off to a winning start. The headline of Kunming's City Times newspaper read: 'The referee was like China's father.' Sports websites have also been abuzz over the two fortuitous penalties awarded to the hosts by Lebanese official Andre El Haddad. Popular online portal Titan24 questioned the professionalism of the match officials, revealing that El Haddad had asked a Chinese reporter at pitch side to take a picture of himself and his two assistants before the game. Please enable JavaScript to view the comm...

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