Published: 2024-02-10 20:17
Last Updated: 2024-02-25 17:44
Jordanian supporters expressed frustration as the referee's decisions tilted in favor of the Qatari team during the match against Jordan's national squad.
The referee's contentious call for a penalty kick in the first half, without consulting the VAR, raised eyebrows among experts.
Another penalty was awarded in the second half, following a VAR review, soon after Jordan's equalizing goal by Yazan Al-Naimat.
Fans felt the referee's actions favored Qatar, hindering Jordan's chance at clinching victory in the championship. The contentious decisions, including a third penalty kick in extra time, further fueled debate over the referee's impartiality.
The match, in which Qatar scored solely from penalty kicks, reignited scrutiny over the referee's history. Referee Ma Ning, known for previous controversial calls, faced backlash in various matches, including the Chinese Super League and AFC Champions League, drawing attention to the consistency and fairness of officiating in crucial football encounters.