Persepolis striker Alekasir gets six-month ban hours before ACL semi-final

HONG KONG - Iranian striker Issa Alekasir has been handed a six-month ban by the Asian Football Confederation for a “discriminatory gesture” just hours before he was due to lead his club Persepolis into the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League.

The 30-year-old forward, who has scored four times in the last three games in the competition, received the ban after making a slant-eyed gesture to television cameras after scoring against Uzbekistan’s Pakhtakor in the quarter-finals on Wednesday evening.

Persepolis won the game 2-0 and take on Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr in the semi-finals on Saturday evening in Doha, where matches in the western half of the competition have been played due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee has banned Issa Alekasir, of Persepolis FC, from taking part in any kind of football-related activity for six months for violating Article 58.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code (2019 Edition),” the AFC said in a statement. “The ban will take effect immediately.”

In addition, Alekasir, whose goal also took Persepolis through the Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over Qatar’s Al Sadd, has been fined US$10,000.Persepolis take on Al Nassr on Saturday with the winner facing the top club from the eastern half of the draw in the final on December 19.

(Reporting by Michael Church, Editing by Christina Fincher)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In Football

That's the Griezmann we want to see, says Koeman after Barca sink Osasuna
Leverkusen miss out on second spot after draw against Hertha
Kessie converts penalty, misses another as Milan win without Ibra
Two-goal Cavani inspires United comeback win at Southampton
Messi salutes Maradona as Barca trounce Osasuna
Argentine prosecutors investigate death of soccer star Maradona
Udinese blame COVID-19 outbreak on international break
Thirteen years on, Forestieri scores second Serie A goal in Udinese win
Lyon beat 10-man Reims to go second in Ligue 1
Wilder vows to protect Blades' interests amid criticism from Liverpool's Klopp

Stories You'll Enjoy