Japan Claims Jordan Used Laser To Distract Players During 2-1 Loss, Files Complaint
Japan's football chiefs plan to lodge a formal complaint with FIFA after "lasers were shone in players' faces during the team's 2-1 loss to Jordan" Tuesday, according to the AFP. Japan FA President Kuniya Daini said that goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima and midfielder Yasuhito Endo "had the lights -- which can cause eye damage -- directed at them." Kuniya: "We will make a complaint." Endo insisted that the lasers "had not distracted him, but said players had been coping with them throughout the game." Endo: "We had the laser beams from the first half, but I didn't care. I knew I had the beam when I tried to hit a penalty shot. It didn't affect my play" (AFP, 3/27). In another piece, the AFP reported Jordan "denied accusations" Wednesday that lasers were shone in Japanese players' faces, adding that the claims "seek to justify their loss." Jordan FA VP Salah Sabra said, "Personally, I am surprised at these accusations. We did not hear or notice anything about laser. The Japanese players themselves did not complain during or after the match yesterday" (AFP, 3/27).