UAE authorities have accused the Qataris of listing two unauthorized players.
So far, the Qataris have passed through the Asian Cup as a storm, defeating all opponents they encounter, and if that was not enough, they have not lost their goals. In the semifinals of the tournament, they defeated the United Arab Emirates with a score of 4: 0, which means that now only Japan is on the way to the 2022 World Cup hosts. However, the performance of Qatar was questioned because of serious allegations from the UAE.
AFC received a formal complaint about the issuance of Qatar's two unauthorized players. The indictment concerns a 22-year-old Almoz Ali, born in Sudan, and a 21-year-old Bassam Al Rawi, who arrived from Iraq. The UAE Federation states that both players cannot play Qatar because they have to live in this country for at least five years after they turn 18. This is a violation of FIFA rules, as stated in article 7 of the status of the organization.
In the match with the prosecutor's office, only Ali appeared, who even scored a 2-0 goal, while Al Ravi was excluded from participation in this meeting, but made a significant contribution to the semi-finals in Qatar. Both players claim that their mothers were born in Qatar and therefore have the right to represent this country. However, the other side of the dispute claims that she has evidence that Al Rogi’s mother was born in Baghdad, and today they should be represented on the AFC Disciplinary Committee.
The Asian Federation intends to carefully look at this question, but it must do it quickly, because the final match is scheduled for Friday (3:00 pm Polish time). If it turns out that Qatar has really violated FIFA rules, this could mean disqualification from the tournament for him. Thus, the United Arab Emirates will play in the final with Japan.
Recall that in connection with the upcoming debut of Qatar at the World Championships, the federation led actions to naturalize many players from other countries. Currently, the Middle East team includes players from countries such as Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and even Portugal.