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UAE fined $150,000 for fan conduct against Qatar in Asia Cup

Qatar's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 01 February 2019. [STRINGER - Anadolu Agency]
Qatar's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the 2019 AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 1 February 2019 [STRINGER - Anadolu Agency]

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee has fined the United Arab Emirates $150,000 for “fans’ unruly behaviour” during their AFC Asian Cup semi-final match against Qatar in Abu Dhabi in January.

The confederation said in a statement yesterday that the UAE football team will also play its home game without an audience during the AFC Asian Cup in 2023.

According to the statement, the UAE Football Association must pay the fine within 30 days, noting that the confederation will impose more severe punishments if similar offenses take place in the future.

Qatar won the Asian Cup for the first time this year after defeating Japan 3-1 in the final match.

READ: Aggressive UAE-led campaign to strip Qatar of FIFA World Cup

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