K-Elec­tric fined for field­ing English FA player

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

KARACHI—Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion’s (AFC) dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee im­posed a fine of 2000 dol­lars on K-Elec­tric for field­ing an Eng­land-based player in the 2016 AFC Cup play­off qual­i­fiers held in Bhutan last year with­out get­ting In­ter­na­tional Trans­fer Cer­tifi­cate (ITC).

Eng­land-based Pak­istani play­ers Ifran Khan and Shani Abbasi had been fielded by K-Elec­tric in the play­off qual­i­fiers.

KE de­feated Khoromkhon FC of Mon­go­lia 1-0 and they held Bhutan’s Druk United FC 3-3 to make it to the play­off where they lost to Bahrain’s Al-Hidd early this year in Manama.

Both Ir­fan and Shani were re­leased by KE be­fore the play­off against Al-Hidd. A source in the Pak­istan Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (PFF) told me­dia per­sons that the ac­tual ob­jec­tion was against Ir­fan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the qual­i­fiers as he was reg­is­tered with English FA and had played for dif­fer­ent clubs in Eng­land.

“There was no prob­lem with Shani,” the source said.

“K-Elec­tric FC (PAK) is or­dered to pay a fine of USD2,000 for vi­o­lat­ing Ar­ti­cle 55 of the AFC Dis­ci­plinary Code 2014 Edi­tion (Code) on two (2) oc­ca­sions in the AFC Cup 2016 (Play­off Qual­i­fiers),” the AFC said.

“The fine shall be set­tled within 30 days from the date that this de­ci­sion is com­mu­ni­cated in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 15.3 of the Code. In ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 31 of the Code read to­gether with Ar­ti­cle 55.1 of the Code, vic­tory shall be awarded to the fol­low­ing team with the score of 3-0: (1) Druk United FC of Bhutan for the match on 11 Au­gust 2015; and Khoromkhon FC of Mon­go­lia for the match on 13 Au­gust 2015,” the AFC added.

“As Khoromkhon FC of Mon­go­lia was or­dered on 18 Jan­uary 2016 to for­feit the match against K-Elec­tric the match is de­clared null and void. K-Elec­tric FC is in­formed that a re­peat vi­o­la­tion of these pro­vi­sions will be met with more se­vere pun­ish­ment,” the AFC added.

The PFF source added that KE had ad­mit­ted the mistake and apol­o­gised. Eng­land-based coach Majid Shafiq was KE’s coach in the qual­i­fiers.—Agen­cies

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