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Armenia launch Uefa appeal

Protest put to Uefa regarding performance of referee

Roman Berezovsky sees red for allegedly handling outside his area

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Armenia have filed an official protest to Uefa regarding the performance of the referee in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

The Armenian FA (FFA) have confirmed that they will be taking their complaint to European football's governing body.

Armenia needed to beat Ireland in their final qualification fixture on Tuesday to book a play-off spot.

They eventually lost the game 2-1, but only after being controversially reduced to 10 men.

Their goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky was dismissed by Spanish referee Eduardo Gonzalez 26 minutes into the crunch clash for allegedly handling outside his area.

Replays suggested the ball struck his chest and he was unfortunate to see red.

Conspiracy theories

It also appeared as though Ireland striker Simon Cox handled in the build-up to the sending-off, but his actions went unpunished.

Armenia do not expect any action to be taken against the match officials, but they have called for Berezovsky's red card to be rescinded.

FFA chief Ruben Airapetyan is hoping Uefa will rule in their favour, while he has also attempted to play down conspiracy theories that have been doing the rounds.

It has been claimed by some Armenian supporters that Uefa were trying to give Ireland a helping hand in their qualification campaign in order to counter the misfortune they suffered against France in a 2010 World Cup play-off.

Thierry Henry's infamous handball in that contest helped Les Bleus book their place at the finals at Ireland's expense.

"Trust me, I would never think or believe that it would be possible for Uefa to give such instructions to the referee," said Airapetyan.