But AFC boss says:

President Shaikh Salman Ebrahim Al Khalifa ignored the complaints about the standard of officiating and praised the work of the referees.

The Bahraini, (photo) accompanied by Asian Football Confederation general secretary Alex Soosay, met with officials in Sydney on Tuesday, a day after Honda's complaint.

In a release, AFC said: "Shaikh Salman relayed his trust in the referees' ability and his hope that they would continue their positive contributions to the tournament, something which would greatly help further enhance the reputation of referees in Asia."

- Reuters.