11 Apr 2013

Malaga to lodge complaint against referee

9:37 am on 11 April 2013

The Spanish football club Malaga plans to make a formal complaint about the referee who presided over its last-gasp defeat to Borussia Dortmund, which denied the Champions League debutants a place in the last four.

The Qatar-owned club was leading the quarter-final, second leg 2-1 as the game went into stoppage time before Dortmund, who were held to a 0-0 draw in last week's first leg in Spain, equalised and then grabbed a 93rd-minute winner.

Replays showed several players from the Bundesliga team in offside positions in the build-up to the third goal.

The normally restrained Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini slammed the match officials in his post-match news conference.

The club's director general, Vicente Casado, says he'll file a written complaint with football's European governing body UEFA about the refereeing.

Casado says the performance of Scottish referee Craig Thomson and his officials had not been up to the level of a Champions League quarter-final.