Sanctions against 6 “rebellious” players of the Saudi national team

The Saudi Football Federation announced on Monday that goalkeeper Nawaf Al-Aqidi of Al-Nasr, who compete in the Saudi Professional League, has been suspended for 5 months due to incidents that preceded his exclusion from the national team's squad for the Asian Cup. and was fined financially. , in addition to fining Al-Hilal captain Salman Al-Faraj and Al-Nasr player Sultan Al-Ghannam.

Publishing the decision on its website, the federation said that Al-Aqidi's suspension will be effective for a period of 5 months from this date, with a fine of 300,000 Saudi riyals.

The decision came after Al-Aqidi confirmed a request to national team coach Roberto Mancini during a meeting between them on 28 December to postpone by a day or two the last national team camp held in the State of Qatar Was. For his special circumstances, or to grant him special leave, because his requests were rejected by the coach and as a player it is not his right to decide the schedule, but he has to comply with it.

“It was also proven that the player had sent a message to the Saudi national team players' coordination group through the WhatsApp application, which also included insults towards the team administrators,” the federation said.

Al-Ittihad said, “Al-Aqidi contacted the national team management and asked them to convey his message to the coach about his wish not to attend the camp. The player communicated his intention via a reminder message the following day. Repeated the request. Accordingly, Al-Nasr Club CEO, Guido Fianga was informed about the player's situation, and as a result, Al-Nasr CEO responded and confirmed that the player will join the camp at the specified time. Ready, the player joins the camp. Detailed time.

“Al-Aqidi also informed national team goalkeeper coach Massimo Patara on January 13, 2024, that he feels he will be the third goalkeeper in the national team and that he cannot accept this.”

Al-Ittihad suspended Al-Nasr player Mohammed Maran and Al-Ettifaq duo Khaled Al-Ghanem and Ali Hejazi for a month and fined them 200,000 Saudi riyals for each player.

The decision to suspend the trio came after their insistence on leaving the camp as they were not included in the roster to participate in the Asian Cup, despite the national team coach meeting them and reminding them that the final roster had already been finalized. Subject to the First Amendment. Official match.

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The federation also fined national team captain Salman Al-Faraj and Al-Hilal 100,000 Saudi Riyals after it was proven that he did not want to join the national team after being called to the camp. To be held in Portugal in October 2023.

Al-Ittihad fined Al-Nasr player Sultan Al-Ghannam 200,000 Saudi Riyals after it was proven that he asked the coach to exempt him from joining the national team camp before the Asian Cup.

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