The Asian Football Confederation has dismissed a protest from the UAE’s Al Ahli after the Red Knights appealed their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia’s Al Ahli on match day five of the AFC Champions League.
Leading 1-0, Al Ahli (UAE) had Majed Hassan incorrectly sent off and were forced to play with ten men for the final 30 minutes, ultimately losing 2-1 thanks to a last-minute goal from Bruno Cesar.
The club immediately lodged an appeal, asking for the game for the replayed in citing an “obvious error” from the referee.
However, the AFC’s Disciplinary Committee sat yesterday and dismissed the protest, releasing this statement on their website regarding the decision.
“A protest lodged by Al Ahli (UAE) on April 21, 2015 regarding a refereeing decision in the AFC Champions League group stage match Al Ahli (KSA) vs Al Ahli (UAE), played on the same day, was dismissed by the AFC Disciplinary Committee on Tuesday April 28.
“Al Ahli (UAE) contested a decision by the referee to caution the club’s player Majed Hassan Ahmad Abdulla Alahmadi (UAE). The AFC Disciplinary Committee dismissed the protest, as it did not regard the referee’s disciplinary decision as an obvious error, as set out in the AFC Disciplinary Code (article 77 (b)).”