AFC Asian Cup: UAE protest at eligibility of Qatar players dismissed

first_img Reuters Abu DhabiFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 17:48 IST UAE had formally questioned the eligibility of 22-year-old Almoez Ali (centre) and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21HIGHLIGHTSUAE FA had protested the eligibility of two Qatar playersQatar had defeated UAE 4-0 in the AFC Asian Cup semi-finalsQatar take on Japan in the AFC Asian Cup final on FridayA protest by the United Arab Emirates over the eligibility of two Qatar players was dismissed by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Friday, a few hours before they were due to take to the field for the Asian Cup final.The AFC on Thursday confirmed that the UAE FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.”The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee today dismissed the protest lodged by the United Arab Emirates Football Association over the eligibility of two Qatar players,” an AFC statement said.A UAE FA spokesman reached for comment by Reuters said he had no information and ended the call.Sudan-born striker Ali, 22, scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts 4-0 on Tuesday, while Iraqi-born defender Al Rawi, 21, was suspended for that match but expected to return for the final.FIFA requirements mandate that a player switching national allegiance must either qualify through their parents or grandparents or have resided in a country for five years after their 18th birthday.The protest comes against a background of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which the UAE launched with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The political rift was manifest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Emirati fans hurled sandals and drinks bottles at Ali and two other players celebrating their goals during the semi-final.advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup final: Japan captain Maya Yoshida eyes record-extending 5th titleAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow AFC Asian Cup AFC Asian Cup: UAE protest at eligibility of Qatar players dismissedThe United Arab Emirates FA had protested the eligibility of Almoez Ali and Bassam Al Rawi, who helped Qatar reach their maiden final at the continental championship against Japan.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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