The Professionalism and Player Status Committee of the Saudi Football Federation issued several decisions against 6 players of the first Saudi national football team, which included suspending and fining 4 of them, in addition to fining two players.
The committee explained that the player, Sultan bin Abdullah Al-Ghannam, was fined an amount of 200,000 riyals, due to his request from the national team coach, Roberto Mancini, to exempt him from joining the national team camp ahead of the 2023 Asian Cup, during the meeting held on December 28, 2023, during which the player expressed his reservations about the situation. Some of the coach’s technical decisions in friendly matches. The coach responded that this matter is within his powers as a technical director and that this meeting is aimed at determining his readiness for the coming period and his acceptance of the technical decisions, whatever they may be. After that, the meeting ended with the player requesting that he be exempted from joining in the current stage, as what the player did is considered… A request that was not accompanied by any act in breach of his obligations stipulated in Article 10, Paragraph (1) and Paragraph (2) of the Regulations for Professionalism and the Conditions of Players and Their Transfers, which was proven to the committee after listening to the statements of: the player Sultan Al-Ghannam, the director of the first team, Hussein Al-Sadiq, and the technical director of the first team. Roberto Mancini, the first team manager, Mohamed Al-Hamid, and the CEO of Al-Nasr Club, Guido Finga.
The committee decided to fine the player Salman bin Muhammad Al-Faraj with an amount of 100,000 riyals for proving that he did not want to join the national team after he was summoned to the national team’s camp, which was held in October 2023 in Portugal, through his speech to the administrators at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh before leaving for the camp, as what The player made it in words that were not accompanied by action and in violation of the obligations stipulated in Article 10, Paragraph (1) and Paragraph (5) of the Regulations on Professionalism and the Conditions of Players and Their Transfers, which was proven to the committee after hearing the testimonies of: the player Salman Al-Faraj, the technical director of the first team, Roberto Mancini, and the director of the national team. The first is Hussein Al-Sadiq, the assistant technical director of the first team, Mohamed Amin, and the administrator of the first team, Mohamed Al-Hamid.
The committee also decided to suspend the player Nawaf bin Dhahi Al-Aqidi for a period of five months, starting from this date, and to fine him an amount of (300,000) three hundred thousand riyals, due to the words he made accompanied by actions in violation of the obligations stipulated in Article Ten, Paragraph (1), Paragraph (2), and Paragraph (3). ) from the list of professionalism, players’ conditions and transfers, based on listening to the testimonies of the player Nawaf Al-Aqidi, the director of the first team, Hussein Al-Sadiq, the technical director of the first team, Roberto Mancini, the coach of the first team’s goalkeepers, Massimo Patara, the manager of the first team, Muhammad Al-Hamid, and the CEO of Al-Nasr Club. Guido Venga, according to the following events:
1- It was proven that the player, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, asked the first team’s technical director, Roberto Mancini, during the meeting that took place between them on December 28, to postpone the last team’s camp held in the State of Qatar for a day or two due to his special circumstances, or to grant him a special leave, as the player’s requests were rejected by the coach and that he is not It is his prerogative as a player to decide the program, but he must comply.
2- It was proven that the player sent a message via WhatsApp to the coordination group for the Saudi national team players, including insulting the team’s administrators.
3 – The player, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, contacted the management of the national team and asked him to deliver his message to the coach about his desire not to join the camp. The player renewed his request via a reminder message the next day, and accordingly, the CEO of Al-Nasr Club, Guido Fienga, was notified of the player’s position, and as a result, the CEO of the club Victory replied and confirmed that the player was ready to join the camp at the specified time, and the player joined at the specified time.
4. The player informed the national team’s goalkeeper coach, Massimo Patara, on January 13, 2024, that he felt that he would be the third goalkeeper in the national team and that he did not accept this matter, as the goalkeeper coach informed him that the national team’s coach had not yet decided on the arrangement of the goalkeepers in the official matches. The national team manager also assured him that the order of the goalkeepers in the official matches had not been determined by the coach, but the player responded that he felt that he was the third goalkeeper and that he did not accept the matter and wanted to leave, and in light of this, the player was excluded from the team’s roster participating in the 2023 Asian Cup in Qatar.
The Professionalism Committee suspended the players Mohammed bin Khalil Maran, Khalid bin Issa Al-Ghannam, and Ali bin Abdullah Hazazi for a period of one month from the date and fined each of them an amount of (200,000) thousand riyals, for their request to leave the national team camp on January 2, 2024 after the final list to participate in the tournament was empty. Asian Cup 2023 of their names. Despite the national team’s coach meeting with them and reminding them of what was stated in the meeting on the first day of camp, that the final list that will be issued on January 2, 2024 is subject to modification even before the first official match, the players refused to stay and insisted on leaving the camp after the issuance of the final list. The final list goes down in history despite attempts by both the coach and the national team director, Hussein Al-Sadiq, and the administrator, Muhammad Amin, to dissuade them and convince them to remain in the camp and that they have a chance to join the final list, and their refusal to remain in the camp was proven, based on which the coach agreed to their departure because he would not prefer to force any player to Remaining in the camp, and in light of the above, the players were excluded from the roster of the first team’s camp for the 2023 Asian Cup, as the statements made by the players were considered a violation of the obligations contained in Article Ten, Paragraph (1), Paragraph (2), and Paragraph (3) of the Regulations. Professionalism, the conditions of the players and their transfers, which was proven to the committee after listening to the testimonies of: the players, the director of the first team, Hussein Al-Sadiq, the technical director of the first team, Roberto Mancini, and the administrative staff and administrators of the first team, Muhammad Amin, and Muhammad Al-Hamid, in addition to the video clip of the technical meeting with All the national team players, which shows the presence of the players and the coach’s confirmation that the final list that will be announced is subject to modification the day before the first official match and the possibility of benefiting from players whose names are not included in the list.
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