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Hassan fined, banned for 5 months from AFC club ties

Al Sadd player punished for his violent conduct during the AFC Champions League semifinal against Al Hilal.
Abdelkarim Hassan Is Shown A Red Card By Referee Ahmed Al Kaf
Abdelkarim Hassan is shown a red card by referee Ahmed Al Kaf during Al Sadd’s match against Al Hilal on October 1. File photo: Mohammed Dabbous

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned Al Sadd defender Abdelkarim Hassan for five months from AFC club competitions and fined him $5000 for violent conduct during his team’s AFC Champions League semifinal first leg against Al Hilal on October 1.

Hassan, aggrieved at a yellow card handed to him by Omani referee Ahmed Al Kaf, had reacted furiously towards the official, who then flashed a red card at the player.

After being reduced to 10 men, Al Sadd lost the match 1-4 at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha.

The AFC’s Disciplinary and Ethics Committee, which met in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, noted that Hassan was expelled by the referee for ‘an act of violent conduct against a match official.’

“Abdelkarim Hassan A Fadlalla is ordered to serve a five-month suspension, which includes the one match automatic suspension arising from his expulsion in the match Al Sadd SC vs Al Hilal SFC on 1 October 2019,” the committee stated.

The suspension will run from October 21, 2019 to March 20, 2020 and will be served in all AFC club competitions, the committee said.

Hassan, who has been given 30 days’ time to pay the fine, was warned that a repeat violation may invite more severe punishment.