Referee Manning will preside over the match between Japan and Iran.
Japan will face Iran in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup at 8:30 p.m. on the 3rd (Korea Standard Time) at Education City Stadium in Allayan, Qatar.
Ahead of the match, AFC revealed the judges for the match between Japan and Iran. The referee was Manning. Manning is a referee who has bad memories with Korean fans. Manning oversaw the first Group E match against Korea in Bahrain.
Referee Manning seemed inconsistent and warned Korean players a lot. A total of five players, including Lee Ki-je, Son Heung-min, Kim Min-jae, Park Yong-woo, and Cho Kyu-sung, received warnings. On the other hand, Bahrain only had two. Bahrain often produced dangerous scenes, but Manning saved them.
Manning stirred controversy again in the round of 16 strongest teams between Qatar and Palestine. Manning served as the referee for the Qatar-Palestine match. Manning made many decisions that were tilted towards Qatar. Qatar overtly delayed in the second half when it led 2-1. However, Manning gave the team seven minutes extra time in the second half. It was not enough time considering the stoppage time.
Qatari players did not stop delaying action even in extra time in the second half. However, referee Manning promptly finished the game in the seventh minute. It is up to the referee to finish the game on time for extra time, but generally, a game is concluded by applying delays within the extra time.
Even though there was a dangerous scene, he did not take out his card. In extra time in the second half, Abdullah raised his foot high and hit his opponent while competing. However, referee Manning did not give him a warning. The role of a referee in a match is very important. The referee must lead a high-quality match by making the match smoothly progress. If the referee fails to confuse players or prevent the match from overheating, the standard of play will inevitably deteriorate.
The quarterfinal match between Japan and Iran is a previewed final. Both teams are considered strong contenders. Japan has many players who have performed well in Europe and certainly displayed different levels of soccer in Asian soccer. Iran has long been considered an Asian powerhouse based on its good physical strength. As fierce competition is expected, referee Manning’s capability is important.