Abu Dhabi, Jan 31 (AFP) Asian Cup hosts the United Arab Emirates have lodged a protest over the eligibility of two Qatari players, the Asian Football Confederation said on Thursday.Also Read - FULL Scorecard of Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2022 Highlights RR vs RCB, Recent Match Report

The move comes a day before Qatar make their first ever final appearance against Japan, and two days after the Maroons trounced UAE 4-0 in a bitter semi-final that saw the home crowd pelt the victors with plastic bottles and shoes. Also Read - Samastipur Shocker: Man Clubbed To Death In Broad Daylight As Dozens Watch

“The Asian Football Confederation has received a protest from the United Arab Emirates FA regarding the eligibility of two Qatar players,” an AFC spokesperson told AFP. Also Read - Grateful For All The Kindness: RCB Captain Faf du Plessis Wins Hearts After Loss vs Rajasthan Royals In Qualifier 2 | RR vs RCB IPL 2022

“This protest will now be reviewed in line with the AFC regulations.” Media reports said the players in question are striker Almoez Ali, who has scored a record-equalling eight goals at the tournament, and defender Bassam Al-Rawi.

Ali, 22, is of Sudanese descent, while 21-year-old Al-Rawi was born in Iraq.

According to the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code, the penalty for fielding an ineligible player is forfeiting the match and a fine.

The AFC also has the power to exclude teams from a future competition if the ineligibility is discovered after a tournament, the document says. (AFP)
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