Beijing - Chinese football authorities have lodged a
complaint over a disallowed "goal", reports said on Friday, after a
0-0 draw with Hong Kong left their World Cup qualifying hopes hanging by a
China has protested over Yu Dabao's shot late in Tuesday's
game, which appeared to cross the line before Hong Kong goalkeeper Yapp
Hung-fai clawed it back, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The goalless draw in front of Hong Kong's jubilant fans left
China third in their group with two games left and struggling to reach the next
round of qualifiers for Russia 2018.
But Xinhua conceded the complaint to the Asian Football
Confederation (AFC) had little chance of changing the game's result -- a
sentiment echoed by Hong Kong Football Association vice chairman Pui Kwan-kay.
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"The match is so important to them and they have to do
something to express their discontent and pacify the fans and the media,"
Pui told Hong Kong's South China Morning Post.
"There are already tons of complaints on websites in
China about the goal being disallowed... I feel sorry for them and if it
happens to the Hong Kong team, we would probably do the same.
"This is understandable but as we all know in the
soccer community, it will not change the result."
The Beijing Youth Daily quoted a Chinese Football
Association official as saying: "Although the damage caused by the error
cannot be compensated, the Chinese team is not yet out and has to make every
effort in the last two rounds.
"So the CFA needs to safeguard the dignity of Chinese
football and seek justice for the team. This is also to show respect to Chinese
football and all the efforts made by the team so far."
The CFA and the AFC were not immediately available for
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