Al-Sadd head coach Jesualdo Ferreira blamed refereeing errors after his side dropped two points against Al-Sailiya in a 1-1 draw on Sunday evening.
Speaking at the post-match press conference, Ferreira said: “As I said before the game, this was going to be tough for us, especially after the defeat in the Champions League. Al-Sadd lost the three points because of a wrong penalty decision.”
“I won’t blame the referee but the linesman made a mistake. Unfortunately, these mistakes have happened in many Al-Sadd matches and I wasn’t surprised by the wrong penalty call. When this person officiates either as the main referee or as a linesman, Al-Sadd haven’t been lucky with him.”
“Throughout the time I have been in Doha, I haven’t been lucky with this referee around. I don’t think he has anything against us but I don’t know why we haven’t been lucky when he is officiating.”
“Refereeing errors denied Al-Sadd the win today and also a draw against Persepolis because there was a penalty on Bounedjah that was not given.”
As for his players’ performance against Al-Sailiya, Ferreira said: “My team needs to be quicker in scoring goals. Unfortunately, it did not happen and we found ourselves under pressure from Al-Sailiya, making things difficult for the team. Al-Sadd was not at full strength but Al-Sailiya were a strong team. Also, there was a lot of fatigue because of the Persepolis game. We promise the fans that things will be different in the upcoming games.”