Asian Cup: Japan's Honda hit with fine for slamming ref

January 19, 2015 5:25 am 

MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 — Star midfielder Keisuke Honda has been hit with a fine of US$ 5,000 by the Asian Football Confederation for criticizing the referee in charge of Japan's opening 4-0 win over Palestine at the Asian Cup.

The AC Milan midfielder slammed Abdulrahman Hussain and accused the Qatari referee of officiating Japan's win over Palestine "like a basketball game."

Honda went on to claim the level of refereeing at the Asian Cup is not up to scratch, even though Hussain handed Palestine five yellow cards, awarded Japan a penalty and sent off defender Ahmed Mahajna.

"I don't want to complain but they (the Asian Football Confederation) have to change something about the level of referees (at the Asian Cup)," said Honda.

"During the game I don't want to say that because I don't want to waste my energy but it was like basketball, right? If we touched their bodies it was a foul."

Iran coach Carlos Quieroz also was highly critical of a referee for letting fouls go unpunished and was fined US$ 3,000. (PNA/Kyodo)

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