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Saudi club demands investigation into finals refs

India TV News Desk 04 Nov 2014, 9:12:44 AM IST
India TV News Desk

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Angry Al Hilal officials are demanding an investigation into the appointment and performance of match officials in the Saudi club's 1-0 aggregate loss to Western Sydney in the Asian Champions League finals, blaming referee decisions that "wasted the players' rights in getting six penalties."

In a statement posted in English on its website late Monday, Al Hilal insisted the Asian Football Confederation president "open a formal investigation through all the official and legal channels" into those responsible for appointing Iranian referee Alireza Faghani for the first leg in Sydney and Yuichi Nishimura for the return leg at Riyadh.

The Wanderers, established in 2012, became the first Australian club to capture the Asian title after winning 1-0 at home and holding on for a 0-0 draw in Riyadh.