Wealthy Qatar clubs fined by FIFA for not paying players

Qatar Al-Kharaitiyat (blue shirt) have been hit with a fine by FIFA. (AFP)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Wealthy Qatar clubs fined by FIFA for not paying players

  • Al-Kharaitiya and Al-Arabi Sports Club fined a total of 55,000 Swiss francs
  • UAE giants Al-Jazira also sanctioned by FIFA

LAUSANNE: Two clubs from gas-rich Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, were among six fined by FIFA on Thursday for non-payment of salaries to players and were warned they face a transfer ban as a consequence.
Al-Arabi Sports Club were fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,007) and given a final deadline of 90 days to pay the outstanding amounts.
The club will face an automatic deduction of six points and the automatic imposition of a transfer ban for two entire and consecutive registration periods if they fail to meet the final deadline.
Al-Kharaitiyat of Qatar were fined 25,000 Swiss francs and 60-day deadline. They too could face an automatic deduction of six points and the automatic imposition of a transfer ban for two entire periods.
Other clubs fined were Zamalek of Egypt and Al-Jazira of the UAE (both 25,000 Swiss francs), Mersin Idman Yurdu Spor Kulubu of Turkey (20,000) and Kuban of Russia (15,000).
Elsewhere, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee also sanctioned the Egyptian Football Association with a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs for ignoring the ban on playing friendlies between May 21 and 27 this year which was aimed at resting players ahead of the World Cup.
Egypt played an international friendly match against Kuwait on May 25.


Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne close to Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

Updated 14 December 2018
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Sergio Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne close to Manchester City return, says Pep Guardiola

MANCHESTER: Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne are both on the verge of a return to action for Manchester City as a busy December program gathers pace, manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Aguero, City’s leading scorer, has missed their past four matches with a groin problem but has been able to train without discomfort and could face Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.
Belgium midfielder De Bruyne suffered ligament damage to his right knee in August and although he returned in October, he then injured his left knee during the League Cup win over Fulham on November 1.
He too has resumed full training and Guardiola will assess both players in the hope that his lengthy casualty list might be about to ease.
The manager, though, is optimistic on 30-year-old Aguero, who has 12 goals in all competitions this season.
“He did the last two training sessions, including on Thursday and he has no pain in his injury so we’ll decide,” he said.
“Kevin is in the same situation as Sergio. Yesterday he trained with no pain, we will see.”
The win over Hoffenheim enabled City to get back on track after the disappointment of seeing their 15-match unbeaten start to the Premier League season end in a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last Saturday.
“Last season, when we dropped points, we were able to respond with another big run,” he said.