[QODLink]
Football

Jordan deny using lasers to distract players

Japanese players say lasers were directed in their eyes during 2014 World Cup qualifier with Jordan.

Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 13:00
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
What appears to be a laser shining in the eyes of Japan's goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima during Jordan match [AP]

Jordan on Wednesday denied accusations that lasers were shone in Japanese players' faces during their 2-1 World Cup qualifier loss to the kingdom, saying the claims seek to justify their loss.

"Personally, I am surprised at these accusations. We did not hear or notice anything about laser," Salah Sabra, vice-president of the Jordan Football Association said.

"The Japanese players themselves did not complain during or after the match yesterday."

Japanese association president Kuniya Daini told reporters that goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and midfielder Yasuhito Endo had the lights - which can cause eye damage - directed at them.

"We had the laser beams from the first half, but I didn't care. I knew I had the beam when I tried to hit a penalty shot. It didn't affect my play"

Japan midfielder Yasuhito Endo

"We will make a complaint," Kuniya told Kyodo News after the match at King Abdullah International Stadium in Amman.

Japan's shock loss scuppered their hopes of early qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"Security measures were tough before and during the match. The police thoroughly frisked everyone," Sabra said, adding that 20,000 people attended the game.

"We highly respect our Japanese friends but, personally, I think it is a weak attempt to cover up their loss."

Endo insisted the lasers had not distracted him, but said players had been coping with them throughout the game.

"We had the laser beams from the first half, but I didn't care. I knew I had the beam when I tried to hit a penalty shot. It didn't affect my play," said Endo.

Daini said Japan would also be complaining about throat-cutting gestures made by two of Jordan's players that appeared to be aimed at coach Alberto Zaccheroni at half time and at the end of the game.

"One Jordan player was provocative throughout the game and I just tried to ask the reason why," the Italian coach said calmly after the game.

351

Source:
AFP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Featured
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
Deaths of 13 Sherpas in Nepal has shone a light on dangerous working conditions in the Everest-climbing industry.
Al Jazeera investigation uncovers allegations of beatings and rape in Kenya's ongoing anti-terrorism operation.
Incumbent Joyce Banda has a narrow lead, but anything is possible in Malawi's May 20 elections.
join our mailing list