Kuwait foot­ball reels as chief re­signs, team quits

Vague dis­ci­plinary rules blamed for lat­est chaos

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Ah­mad Jabr

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

Fawaz Al-Ha­sawi

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