Today, the Qatar Football Association announced, in a press statement, the suspension of its international defender, Abdul Karim Hassan, for an indefinite period, deducting half of his financial dues, and fining him 200,000 Qatari riyals (about 55,000 dollars). The Disciplinary Committee of the Qatari Federation also fined defender Bassam Al-Rawi and Muhammad Waad with a fine of 100,000 riyals (about 28,000 dollars) for the first and 50,000 riyals (about 14,000 dollars) for the second.
Informed sources confirmed to Agence France-Presse that the reason for the player’s exclusion was because he provoked the fans on social media, as he published a picture of him after Qatar lost 3-1 to Senegal in the 2022 World Cup, which they considered inappropriate behavior, as the player seemed not interested in her angry feelings of loss.
Abdul Karim entered into an argument with one of the fans, who criticized his indifference to the loss and asked him to take into account the feelings of the sad fans due to Qatar’s exit from the first round, but his response was shocking, belittling the match and its importance, what the fans considered a new provocation to their feelings, and accused him of recklessness and disrespect.
Abdul Karim Hassan was previously suspended for five months by the Disciplinary Committee of the Asian Football Confederation in 2019 due to his exaggerated excitement in the Saudi Al-Sadd and Al-Hilal match in the AFC Champions League, when he pushed the Omani match referee, Ahmed Al-Kaf, which caused his expulsion.
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