Abdullah Qassem, a United Arab Emirates international footballer, has reportedly been slapped with a three-month jail sentence after being found guilty of insulting national team manager Mahdi Ali.
According to the National, the 29-year-old was handed his sentence at the Abu Dhabi Court of Misdemeanours on Monday. Qassem made indecent remarks and gestures in relation to Ali in a video after he wasn’t included in the UAE team.
Another unnamed individual, who plays alongside Qassem for Al-Dhafra in the UAE Arabian Gulf League, has been handed the same three-month jail sentence. The club had already suspended both of the players in question as part of the investigation.
They were found guilty of “using telecommunications services to offend and hurt the feelings of others, and displaying a recording that breached public ethics through the internet.”
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