Amman, March 27 (IANS) Jordan Wednesday denied accusations that Japanese players were disturbed with laser lights in the kingdom’s 2-1 victory over Japan in the World Cup qualifier.
“Personally, I am surprised at these accusations. We did not hear or notice anything about laser,” Salah Sabra, vice-president of the Jordan Football Association, was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
“The Japanese players themselves did not complain during or after the match.”
Japanese football boss Kuniya Daini told reporters that goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and midfielder Yasuhito Endo had the lights — which can cause eye damage — directed at them.
Endo insisted the lasers had not distracted him, but said players had been coping with them throughout the game.
“We will make a complaint,” Kuniya told Kyodo News after the match at King Abdullah International Stadium in Amman.
Japan’s shock loss dims their hopes of early qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.