Kuwait football reels as chief resigns, team quits
Vague disciplinary rules blamed for latest chaos
Kuwait football entered yet another dark tunnel Sunday night after the head of the football association resigned after just over three months in office and one of its top teams withdrew from league competition. Another team is expected to follow suit shortly. Both teams are dropping out after complaints regarding the league’s chaotic disciplinary system.
Fawaz Al-Hasawi, the owner of English Championship side Nottingham Forest, was appointed in August after authorities dissolved the Kuwait Football Association amid a clampdown on sports governing bodies that triggered strong international criticism. Hasawi announced his resignation on Twitter late Sunday without giving a reason, but his decision came only hours after the competitions committee at KFA rejected complaints by two league teams over allowing two sides to field suspended players. Social media reports late yesterday said Hasawi had withdrawn his resignation, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
The controversy started two weeks ago, after AlArabi Sports Club filed an official protest to the KFA, claiming that rival Kuwait Sports Club fielded a
DOHA: Saudi King Salman (left) waves next to the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani during a welcoming ceremony yesterday. King Salman is on a regional tour to the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. — AFP