Soccer: Jordan coach detained in Melbourne

The Jordan Football Association (JFA) was left furious after coach Adnan Hamad was detained for questioning for more than four hours at a Melbourne airport yesterday. Photo / Getty Images.
The Jordan Football Association (JFA) was left furious after coach Adnan Hamad was detained for questioning for more than four hours at a Melbourne airport yesterday. Photo / Getty Images.

The Jordan Football Association (JFA) was left furious after coach Adnan Hamad was detained for questioning for more than four hours at a Melbourne airport yesterday.

Jordan beat New Zealand A 1-0 at North Harbour Stadium on Tuesday night, before departing for their crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Australia next Tuesday.

The JFA tole The World Game they are "deeply disappointed" over the treatment their Iraqi coach received.

"Every player and all the officials, including two Iraqis and a Brazilian were processed in a matter of seconds yet our coach was the only one detained," JFA General-Secretary Khalil Al-Salem told The World Game.

"We were provided with no answers as to why this happened and after he was finally granted entry into Australia after four hours we were not even given an apology."

The Socceroos arrived in Melbourne on Thursday morning, after securing a draw against Group B leader Japan in their World Cup qualifier in Saitama on Tuesday.

With two points separating third and sixth in the group, Australia can guarantee direct qualification by winning its last two group matches, starting with Jordan, which is locked on seven points with the Socceroos.

-nzherald.co.nz

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on red akl_a1 at 31 Jul 2014 06:55:30 Processing Time: 313ms