“Reaching the playoffs of the European Conference League is a great achievement. Of course, we could have played directly in the quarterfinals, but, unfortunately, the injustice of the referee did not allow it. I do not use this word by chance: it is not the judge’s mistake, but the judge’s injustice. Because it is not right to call this shameful event a mistake. “
The statement came from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev while receiving members of the Karabakh football club, which has reached the playoffs in the UEFA Conference League, Report reports.
At the same time, this is not the first time that Karabakh football club has faced such open injustice in European competitions. We have encountered this many times in previous years. This time we came across it many times in the group stage. In the decisive game of 2014, a clean sheet scored in the last minutes was not considered by the referee, and thus deprived you of the next round. If I’m not mistaken, the Czech judge Zelinka took such a shameful step. It is very unfortunate that this shameful tradition continues in the European football space. This time, the Croatian referee Jovic clearly did not count the clean goal scored in front of all viewers, television viewers. It is impossible to say it is wrong. Because this is a European tournament. This is not a village tournament, not a neighborhood tournament, not an inter-yard tournament. This is a European tournament, where the most professional and experienced referees in Europe are involved and referee these games. How can you not see the ball at least one meter from the goal line. Well, you don’t see, you’re a pirate, the referee doesn’t see, he’s blind too? How did they collect and fill these blind people here ?! Why do we face this shameful picture in the games of “Karabakh”. I know the answer, you know, the people of Azerbaijan know: injustice, double standards, prejudice against us, our country – not only you – our country. Here is the answer. If it happened once, twice, we would say that maybe it was a mistake. It happened as a result of an accident. No, this is a systemic problem, “he said.
The President said he hoped that UEFA would take practical steps to address the problem.
“I hope that the judges who committed these shameful cases will be punished. Otherwise, if no punitive measures are taken against them, then we will see it again. Next time, you will be deprived of a just victory. Next time, injustice, double standards and discrimination will continue.