GENEVA (AP)– A legal difficulty by the United Arab Emirates soccer federation that threatens Qatar’s 2019 Asian Cup title will be heard at sport’s greatest court.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday it will hear the UAE’s appeal on March 12 in a case that declares Qatar fielded two disqualified players at the tournament. The Asian Cup was hosted by the UAE during an ongoing diplomatic rift with neighboring Qatar, which will stage the next World Cup in 2022.
A verdict by CAS judges is most likely at least several weeks after the hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The judgment could remove Qatar of its biggest success in world soccer, impact key young gamers in its World Cup preparation, and see the UAE inflict an awkward loss on a local political competitor.
The UAE submitted a problem with the Asian Football Confederation after a 4-0 loss to Qatar in the Asian Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi last January.
When a disqualified player case is shown, AFC rules state a group must forfeit the video game.
The Asian governing body’s first disciplinary ruling cleared Qatar of misdeed hours prior to beating Japan 3-1 in the last.
UAE authorities have attracted CAS versus the Qatar Football Association and the AFC, whose appeal committee likewise later dismissed the claims of wrongfully submitted documents.
The UAE declares Qatar’s star forward Almoez Ali and defender Bassam Al-Rawi were not born there and did not fulfill FIFA citizenship requirements to represent the country.
FIFA’s statutes say gamers can obtain a nationality if they have “lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the pertinent association.”
Both Ali, who turned 23 given that the Asian Cup ended, and Al-Rawi, who is now aged 22, seemed not to satisfy the five-year residency guideline.
However, both apparently declared their mothers were born in Qatar– conference FIFA’s national eligibility standard if a parent or grandparent is born on an area.
Ali scored against the UAE, and once again in the last, for a tournament-leading 9 objectives. Al-Rawi was suspended for the semifinal however went back to bet Japan.
They are also club colleagues at Al-Duhail, runner-up in the Qatari league last season, and fellow graduates of the cutting edge Aspire youth academy in Doha which has actually informed numerous players born beyond Qatar.
The latest appeal extends problems between the soccer next-door neighbors which displayed in a heated semifinals video game played 20 months into a financial and travel boycott of Qatar by local political rivals.
After Qatar took a 2-0 lead in Mohammed bin Zayed Arena– called for the UAE crown prince– players celebrating the objective had to dodge shoes thrown by some viewers.
The UAE soccer body was later on fined $150,000 by the AFC for the fans’ misbehavior, consisting of the shoe-throwing and disrespecting the Qatari anthem.
The teams met again in Doha 5 weeks earlier, when the UAE and Saudi Arabia accepted take a trip to Qatar to play in the Arabian Gulf Cup, won by Bahrain. Qatar beat the UAE 4-2 in a group-stage video game.