AFC votes against Iran’s football team

TEHRAN, Jan. 25 (MNA) – The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has dismissed Iran’s complaint on Iraqi midfielder Alaa Abdul-Zahra’s positive doping test.

General Secretary of Iran Football Federation Mehdi Mohammad Nabi annouced this at the end of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disciplinary committee meeting.

The disciplinary committee did not vote in Iran’s favor, an outcome which could have put Iran into the semi-finals with a reverse result of 3-0.

At the time Alireza Mansourian had been the coach for Iran national under-23 football team, Iran and Iraq had palyed a game against one another, the results of which was reversed in Iraq’s favor 3-0 when it came to light that Iran had been playing with a suspended player who had recieved two yellow cards.

Iranian Football Federation had filed a formal complaint over fielding an ineligible player by Iraqi team in Friday’s quarter-final game, but AFC dismissed the lawsuit and voted in Iraq’s favor instead.

Iraq defeated 10-men Iran squad in penalties 7-6 after a tense 120-min game with 6 goals exchanged between the two teams on Friday in Canberra, Australia. They will play against South Korea in the semi-fianals and Iranain players will return home tomorrow.

By Mehr News Agency

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