The South Asian Football Federation Disciplinary Committee also fined Rahim Ali $500 for the red card, but suspended him for one game, which means he will be eligible for the final if India beats Lebanon in Saturday’s semifinals. Kuwait’s Hamad Alkallaf, who was red-carded along with Ali in the 89th minute, was also suspended for one game and fined $500. The decisions were announced by SAFF general secretary Anwarul Haq.
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Stimack was accused of using foul and abusive language, and in his explanation to the SAFF disciplinary and ethics committee, he asked for the basis on which this was done. Stimack also asked for an oral online hearing to explain himself.
HT has a copy of the three-page explanation sent Thursday night in which Stimack asked for the suspension to be lifted. He said a lot of injustice was done against India in the Kuwait game because of poor decisions by the match officials…You can either make me a scapegoat or we can promise to work together to develop the game we love.
Stimak said that Alkallaf repeatedly provoked me by using verbal slander and hand gestures next to the 4th (sic) official (Arshad Ul Haque) without any action against him. Alkallaf, according to him, asked him to shut up. But when he responded, the 4th official stopped the game, called the referee (Alomgir) and insisted on a red card, which I was given. No action was takenAccidentally, Ashika Kuruniyan was not given the opportunity to hit the goal in the 20th minute. It was a clear goal scoring opportunity and you can see that the lineman was in the right position, as I was, to witness the mistake. Also, the explanation was that four Kuwaiti players were in the face of the official referee and no yellow cards were given. During these incidents, Stimac mentioned that he did not leave the technical area.
The letter mentions that India’s recent unbeaten streak is a testament to the good work done by AIFF. According to Stimack, all India asked for was that the games be played within the rules of fair play and that the dignity of the players and the game be paramount. This is how we would like our guests to remember the SAFF Cup.
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