Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop says referee Noumandiex Doue made mistakes in Chile’s 3-1 win over the Socceroos and has thrown his support behind Tim Cahill’s claims of Chilean cheating.
Australia was defeated in its World Cup opener in Cuiaba and after the game Cahill claimed that Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara admitted to looking for an unfair advantage.
The New York Red Bulls attacker was denied one potential penalty during the match and said he was surprised the Socceroos didn’t receive some more favourable decisions over the 90 minutes.
“As for some of the calls, it was beyond me how we didn’t get some calls,” Cahill said. “They [Chile] were getting a lot in their favour tonight.”
Gallop has backed Cahill’s assertion and said Doue got some decisions wrong.
“Tim’s a really experienced footballer at both club and international level and he’s not going to make those kind of accusations lightly,” he said.
“We saw the response he got, in related to that accusation, and we would have to say we think the referee made some mistakes last night in that game. We support Tim.”
Gallop said FFA would not be making any contact with FIFA over the refereeing.
“I don’t think there’s much recourse available to us,” he said. “I’ll let the coach talk about the things that concern him.”
Despite the result. Gallop said there was a lot to be proud of about the Socceroos performance against Chile.
“When the four-minute injury time sign came up we were after them,” he said.
“But, we want to win games. This was an important foundation stone in what we’re building with the Socceroos. But Ange and the boys want to be winners, so we go in the next two games really optimistic about the performance, but realizing we’ve got work to do. We just don’t want to make up the numbers in World Cups to come.”
Gallop said FFA and the Socceroos remain optimistic heading into encounters with Holland and Spain.
“The boys are optimistic, they took a lot out of that second half,” he said.
“We’re looking forward to playing against the Netherlands and Spain, other opportunities for us to show where we’re at against world class opposition.”
Gallop believes Australia’s comeback against La Roja was justification for FFA’s appointment and faith in Ange Postecoglou.
“Absolutely vindicated last night,” he said.
“When you think about the likes of young Mathew Leckie, 22/23 years of age, next World Cup 26/27 and at the height of his powers. And what a great opportunity it was for him to gain that experience and lift to a new level that he did, particularly in the second half.”comments