Armenia lodge complaint against Ireland

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Updated: October 13, 2011


The Armenian FA have filed an official protest to UEFA over what they believe were incorrect decisions made by the referee in their Euro 2012 qualifying defeat by Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday.

Armenia needed to win their final Group B qualifier against the Irish to finish 2nd in the group and make the playoffs but with the scores 0-0 after 26 minutes referee Eduardo Gonzalez sent off goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky.

Berezovsky was dismissed for handball outside his area but TV replays clearly showed he didn’t handle the ball and instead chested the ball clear.

However rather than punish the referee, FFA chief Ruben Airapetyan told reporters the Armenians want European soccer’s governing body to cancel Berezovsky’s red card

When asked if UEFA was trying to give Ireland an advantage to balance out France striker Thierry Henry’s infamous handball that cost them the chance of reaching the 2010 World Cup finals Airapetyan was quick to dismiss the notion, saying “Trust me, I would never think or believe that it would be possible for UEFA to give such instructions to the referee,”

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