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The Sports Court confirms Almoez’s eligibility to represent Qatar

المحكمة الرياضية تؤكد أحقية المعز في تمثيل قطر

Gulf Times – Doha:

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the United Arab Emirates Football Association’s appeal against the eligibility of two Qatari players, who were part of the team that played the semi-final match UAE v. Qatar on 29 January 2019.

Issuing its decision in the arbitration procedure between the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA), the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Qatar Football Association (QFA), CAS dismissed the UAEFA’s appeal and confirmed the decision issued by the AFC Appeal Committee on 20 May 2019 in which the UAEFA’s protest against the eligibility of the two players was dismissed.

On 29 January 2019, the teams from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates played each other in a semi-final match. Qatar won the match 4-0 and went on to win the tournament.

Shortly after the semi-final game, the UAEFA filed a protest with the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Committee (AFC DEC) alleging that two of the players fielded by Qatar (Almoez Ali and Bassam al-Rawi) were ineligible to represent the QFA according to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 Competition Regulations and the relevant FIFA regulations (the applicable regulations).

Following an investigation, on 15 April 2019, the AFC DEC dismissed the protest.

The UAEFA then lodged an appeal with the AFC Appeal Committee which was dismissed on 20 May 2019.

On 21 June 2019, the UAEFA filed an appeal at the CAS seeking to have the challenged decision set aside and replaced with a ruling that QFA had violated the applicable regulations and, as a consequence, that the UAE be awarded the victory of the semi-final match and all benefits resulting from the victory of said match, in particular in relation to the AFC Competitions Ranking.

In particular, UAEFA considered that the mother of Almoez Ali was not born in Qatar, which means that the player should have been declared ineligible to represent the QFA. UAEFA no longer challenged the eligibility of Bassam al-Rawi, who was suspended during the semi-final.

The CAS Panel in charge of the matter conducted a hearing with the parties, their legal representatives, witnesses and experts on 12 March 2020. The CAS Panel noted that the mother of Almoez Ali holds dual nationality (Qatar/Sudan) but was comfortably satisfied that the player is a Qatari national who never represented another national association and that he has other ties to his new country Qatar, notably that his biological mother was born in Qatar.

As a result, the Panel rules that Almoez Ali was eligible to compete for Qatar in the AFC Cup Semi-Finals against the UAE.

Accordingly, the CAS Panel confirmed the challenged decision.

Source: gulf-times

الدوحة – الشرق:

أقرت محكمة التحكيم الرياضية اليوم الاثنين بأحقية المهاجم المعز علي، هداف كأس آسيا لكرة القدم العام الماضي برصيد تسعة أهداف وهو رقم قياسي، في تمثيل منتخب قطر ورفضت طعن الإمارات.

وبعد الخسارة 4-صفر من قطر في الدور قبل النهائي للبطولة احتج الاتحاد الإماراتي للعبة بداعي أن المعز المولود في السودان لا يحق له المشاركة مع قطر وطالب باعتبار الإمارات فائزة بالمباراة.

لكن المحكمة الرياضية قالت في بيان إن والدة اللاعب ولدت في قطر وهو ما يسمح له بتمثيل منتخبها بالتوافق مع قواعد الاتحاد الدولي (الفيفا). بحسب رويترز.

وأوضحت “هيئة محكمة التحكيم الرياضية اقتنعت بأن اللاعب مواطن قطري لم يسبق له تمثيل أي منتخب آخر ولديه روابط في بلده الجديد قطر إذ ولدت أمه في قطر”.

من المتوقع أن يقود المعز، خريج أكاديمية أسباير القطرية، هجوم قطر عندما تستضيف الدولة الآسيوية كأس العالم 2022 في أول مشاركة لها بالنهائيات.

وكان منتخبنا العنابي قد اكتسح نظيره الإماراتي برباعية نظيفة في الدور نصف النهائي من بطولة كأس آسيا لكرة القدم العام الماضي، سجلها خوخي بوعلام والمعز علي وحسن الهيدوس وحامد إسماعيل، ليتأهل بعدها إلى المباراة النهايئة التي فاز فيها على منتخب اليابان بثلاثة أهداف مقابل هدف، ويتوج باللقب القاري لأول مرة في تاريخه.

المصدر: al-sharq

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