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Jordan's Al-Faisaly hit with fines, suspensions after players attack referee in Arab Championship final

Ahram Online , Wednesday 16 Aug 2017
Jordan’s Al-Faisaly players clash with Egyptian referee Ibrahem Nureldeen in the end of football match against Tunis’s Esperence team in the Arab Club championship final match at Alexandria Stadium on August 6, 2017 AFP
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The Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) has hit Jordanian club Al-Faisaly with heavy fines and lengthy suspensions after players and technical staff attacked the referee during the Arab Championship final in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria.

"The disciplinary committee has decided to punish Al-Faisaly with a $200,000 fine plus compensation for damages to the Alexandria stadium," the UAFA said on Tuesday after holding a meeting to discuss the matter.

Five players have been hit with individual fines (from $5,000 to $10,000) in addition to one-year suspensions. The football director has been hit with a two-year ban plus the fine.

On 6 August, Al-Faisaly team members assaulted the referee over a disputed extra-time goal that put Tunisia's Esperance ahead 3-2, handing them the match and the tournament.

Police intervened after Egyptian referee Ibrahim Nour El-Din was assaulted by players and technical staff.

The Jordan Football Association has expressed its regret over the "out-of-line" behaviour, apologising to their Egyptian counterparts, who hosted the tournament.

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