Pakistan’s Karate competitor Saadi Abbas accuses match referee of match-fixing in Asian Games


Pakistan’s Karate competitor, Saadi Abbas on Monday claimed that match referee fixed the match with his counterpart Bashar Alnajjar in last moments as he lost 5-2 in bronze medal contest of Men’s -75kg Karate event at Asian Games.

Saadi who lost 8-0 to Saudi Arabian Alturkistani Raef Adel faced Jordan’s Bashar for third-place fight.

Saadi who was feeling serious pain due to a knee injury fought really hard till the end but according to him, match referee stopped the match for a while in the last couple of seconds to deal something with his opponent.

In a video message from Jakarta Saadi claimed that the match referee had some conversation with his opponent a couple of seconds before the final bell rang.

“The match was completely under my control but suddenly referee stopped the play four seconds before the final ring and took the opponent aside, they both talked for a while and when the match resumed the referee declared him the winner,” Saadi stated in his video message.

Saadi further added that “It’s disappointing for me that I not only lost the match but a bronze medal for my country but what happened with me was literally not fair,”

The 29-year-old, Karate master recently in 2017 bagged a Silver medal at Islamic Solidarity games.

In 2011, he clinched gold in Asian Karate Championship have two golds of Commonwealth Karate Championship in 2009 and 2013 respectively.