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Iran lodges complaint to FIFA over Serbian referee

Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian Football Federation (IFF) has submitted a complaint to FIFA against Serbian referee Milorad Mazic, for what they deem to be poor officiating during their 1-0 defeat by Argentina. The Iranian team lost to Argentina 1-0 in Group F of the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Saturday.

Argentina's Pablo Zabaleta tripping Iran's Ashkan Dejagah in the penalty box
(read related article by Etemaad daily)

In the 54th minute, Pablo Zabaleta tripped Dejagah in the box but Mazic did not award a penalty to the Iranian football team.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz was furious with the decision and said that his team should have been awarded a penalty.

"It was a clear penalty. Millions of people saw that. I don't understand it, he had to have seen it was a penalty," Queiroz said.

"He was five meters away, there is no way he couldn't have seen it. I have the right to say this and I only hope I am now not punished for telling the truth because it was a decision that nobody can understand," the Portuguese added.

Mehdi Mohammad Nabi, IFF General Secretary, said that they have sent a complaint to FIFA against Mazic.

"Every 50-50 decision went to Argentina and I think it's not fair. The referee also denied our clear penalty," Nabi said.

Iran will play Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday knowing a win could send them into the last 16.

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