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Japan forward Keisuke Honda once again issued a damning verdict on the standard of Asia’s referees after the Samurai Blue were denied a seemingly legitimate goal in Thursday’s 2-1 World Cup-qualifying loss to the United Arab Emirates.

Honda, who accused Qatari referee Abdulrahman Hussain of officiating Japan’s opening game of the 2015 Asian Cup against Palestine “like a basketball game,” gave Japan an 11th-minute lead against the UAE before two goals from Ahmed Khalil put the visitors in front early in the second half.

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